Titanic director James Cameron is to be the first patron of Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
The explorer and filmmaker is noted for his development of unprecedented deep ocean exploration vehicles
He has made numerous trips to the famous wreck and carried out a survey inside the Titanic using robotic imaging of his own design.
Other exploits include a ground-breaking forensic analysis of to the German battleship Bismarck, which was sunk in the Second World War, and an investigation of hydrothermal vent sites
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