titanic survey expedition

status: expedition complete

Mission 5: Complete

 

August 5, 2021

  • The 5th and final mission of the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition brought the 6-week survey to a triumphant end. The dive crew brought back hours of footage and photos from both the stern and bow section of the Titanic, which will be logged and shared with scientists for historical tracking of its decay.

"It was an amazing journey. We had an archaeologist with us. It was something I didn't expect, to have a subject matter expert who have been studying the Titanic for decades actually be with us" ~ Aaron N.

 

"For me it was about the ocean experience and it exceeded my expectations. How many people can say they went down 12,000 feet in the ocean? When we hit the bottom, it was like I landed on the moon". ~ Doug J.

 

The famous Titanic Bow shot - this time taken by a Mission Specialist aboard Titan.
 
Titanic anchor photo taken by a Mission Specialist onboard Titan submersible.
 
Titanic photo taken by a Mission Specialist onboard Titan submersible.
 
Mission Specialist capturing the moment they reached the Titanic bow onboard Titan submersible.
Mission 4: Complete

 

July 24, 2021

  • A first for Titanic history! - The first 5-person crew consisting of Stockton Rush, Scott Parazynski, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Darrell Parsons, and Joseph Wortman made their way to the Titanic site, observing a new area of the debris field less documented than any other region.

July 23, 2021

  • Our large group of crew and Mission Specialists began their steam out to the site, taking the time to integrate everyone into the systems of Titan, the research, and media collection.

July 24: The dive team poses for a group photo before their historic Titanic dive.

Mission 3: Complete

 

July 18, 2021

  • The Horizon Arctic arrives at the site where the Titanic tragedy took place. Rory Golden, Cathy Lamet and Stockton Rush led the OceanGate Expedition crew in a memorial service remembering those who lost their lives in the tragic accident more than 100 years ago.

July 17, 2021

  • Today Third Engineer Devon Hatcher took the expedition crew for a tour of the engine room and the Fast Response Craft (FRC) deck of this outstanding work vessel. Special thanks to all the Horizon Artic crew for their professionalism and dedication to the mission.

July 16, 2021
  • Although travel restrictions have imposed additional challenges to our crew, we are excited to celebrate the start of Mission 3, Titanic Survey Expedition. Every mission begins with the signing and raising of a new OceanGate Expeditions flag. Mission 3 is now officially underway and we look forward to much success.
  • The Horizon Arctic is steaming towards the Titanic dive site coordinates, marking the official start of Mission 3. The OceanGate Expeditions team and the Horizon Arctic crew conduct pre-dive briefs for ship-sub integration. Both crews work in unison to ensure the expedition goals are achieved.
July 18: Remembering those who lost their lives.
July 17: Third Engineer Devon Hatcher explains takes the expedition crew on a tour of the Horizon Artic engine room.
July 16: Mission 3 crew pose for photo onboard the Horizon Arctic.
July 16: Mission 3 kicks off with a team pre-dive brief while steaming toward North Atlantic.
Mission 2: Complete

 

July 14, 2021

  • Mission Specialists Alan, Chelsea, Jaden and Renata participated in the systems test dive in Titan today. Coral forests, jellyfish, and crab were on display in the waters of the North Atlantic.

July 12, 2021

  • Today women of the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition posed for a photo-op on the deck of the Horizon Arctic. We appreciate each and everyone of their contributions to our team's success.  

July 11, 2021

  • The team gathers for a post dive brief to discuss all aspects of the previous dive operations. 

July 9, 2021 

  • The expedition crew gathers around the topside communication center on the bridge of the Arctic Horizon to follow Titan’s historic 3740 meter (12,598 feet) descent to the resting place of the Titanic.

  • Stockton Rush, co-pilot Scott Griffith, and Mission Specialist PH Nargeolet, former French Naval Commander, legendary Nautile submersible pilot and Titanic veteran poses for a team photo prior to boarding Titan submersible.

 
July 7, 2021
  • The crew of Mission 2 kicks off the expedition by signing and raising the misison 2 flag. 

July 14: Dive team pose for photo prior to boarding Titan.
 July 12: Women of the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition.
July 11: Frame of stained-glass window found on the Titanic debris field.
July 11: Fragment of floor tile from the Titanic's debris field.
July 11: Team gathers for the Titanic post dive brief.
July 10: Steve Peredo reviews Titan submersible's Titanic dive footage.
July 9: Crew gathers around the communications center to follow Titan's historic descent to the Titanic.
July 9: Titan is deployed from Horizon Arctic.
July 9: Titanic dive crew Stockton Rush, Scott Griffith and PH Nargeolet poses for photo before the dive.
July 7: Crew of the Titanic Survey Expedition mission 2. 
July 7: Mission 2 flag was raised just before the Horizon Arctic sailed to the North Atlantic. 

 

Mission 1: Complete
 
July 6, 2021
  • Today we said goodbye to our Mission 1 crew and welcomed aboard our Mission 2 crewmembers. We are restocking supplies and readying the submersible to head back out to the Titanic.

 
July 4, 2021
  • The Horizon Arctic crosses paths with a North Atlantic storm as the vessel steams toward St. John's to refuel and facilitate a crew change.
 
July 3, 2021
  • Testing continued today in the North Atlantic. Titan carried 4 crew members to a depth of 1700 meters (5,577 feet). Bioluminescent living organisms were observed through the acrylic viewport.
 
July 2, 2021
  • The expedition continues, with Titanic content expert presentations occurring after a superb dinner.  
 
 
July 1, 2021
  • The crew gathered on deck to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic sinking of the Titanic. Two memorial services were held, names of those lost were spoken, and in deep reverence a biodegradable floral wreath was sent to sea.
 
June 30, 2021
  • Our expedition is now three days underway. After we arrived at the Titanic dive site coordinates, we began a series of systems checks. Necessary adjustments to our operation were notated and a collaborative action plan was developed and implemented. Challenges at sea are often unforeseen and require flexible, creative, and intelligent problem-solving skills. 
 
June 29, 2021
  • The Horizon Arctic, Titan submersible, and expedition crew have begun the journey to the Titanic. The vessel is expected to steam through the North Atlantic for 40 hours until it arrives at the dive site coordinates. 
 
June 28, 2021
  • The team officially marked the start of the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition by signing and raising its mission flag.
  • System integration and deployment testing is complete.
July 4: The Horizon Arctic streams through a North Atlantic storm.
July 3: Titan launched from the support vessel to begin the dive.
July 1: Remembering those who lost their lives in the tragic sinking of the Titanic.
July 1: Wreath honoring those who lost their lives or family members in the sinking of the Titanic. 
June 30: Titan launched from the ramp.
June 29: Titan submersible's launch and recovery ramp.
June 28: Crew raised signed mission 1 flag.
June 28: Mission Specialist Renata Rojas signs the mission flag.
June 28: 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition mission 1 crew.
Crew, submersible & equipment mobilization

 

June 27, 2021
  • Mission Specialists assist expedition marine archaeologist, shipwreck and content experts in operational and dive planning as the crew prepare for the survey of the RMS Titanic wreck and debries field.

 

June 26, 2021
  • Testing is underway for the ramp deployment system designed to launch Titan and the platform into the North Atlantic. Preparation, innovation and communication are key components to success when operating in remote locations. Our Engineering and Operations teams' collaboration with the crew of the Horizon Arctic will be crucial throughout the expedition.

 

 

 

 
June 25, 2021
  • The OceanGate Expedition's secondary deployment team boarded the Horizon Arctic and immediately began to integrate all subsea and topside communication systems. The team established a media room and IT hub. Portable service containers were unpacked and organized to support Titan submersible during the course of the expedition.

 

June 24, 2021
  • The Horizon Arctic crew have successfully loaded Titan submersible and all of its support equipment onboard the expedition support vessel.

 

June 22, 2021
  • Our team and equipment are in full mobilization mode as we officially begin the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition. The crew traveled this week to the easternmost point of the North American continent to embark on the Horizon Arctic.
Titanic Survey Expedition

Expedition crew reviews Titanic footage from previous expeditions.

Titan submersible platform launch and recovery system check.
Crew installing the Conductivity, Temperature and Dept (CTD) instrument on Titan submersible.
titan platform
Crew observing the testing of the launch & recovery platform and support vessel integration.
Mission 1 crew of the Titanic Survey Expedition.
titan-onboard-horizon-arctic
Titan submersible onboard the support vessel Horizon Arctic.

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