More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic went down and it was long assumed to have sunk in one piece.

It was only after the wreck was discovered in 1985, around 350 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, that it was found to have broken up. Surrounded by debris, the ship’s two main pieces are around 2,000 feet apart.

While footage has been taken of the wreck, Stephenson — who serves as the executive director of the ship and museum USS Kidd  — said submersible cameras “only see small portions of the wreck site at any given moment.” 

Previously, he said, people filled in the gaps by referring back to what the Titanic looked like as a whole ship, “so as you paint the ship or try to build a model of it, it’s going to have a bias to how it originally looked.”

“It will be accurate but you’ll tend to make it more complete than it actually is,” he said.


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