Rare 1986 Footage Discovers Titanic Shipwreck

Rare footage of the finding of the iconic Titanic has been uncovered.

The clip from 1986 shows the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution team uncovering the 1912 shipwreck.

Robert Ballard, a former naval officer and professor of oceanography, told the Associated Press, “The first thing I saw coming out of the darkness at 30 feet was this wall, this enormous wall of riveted steel that climbed over 100 feet above us.”

Ballard recalled the event as being awestruck by the grandeur of the ship and the fact that the passengers’ shoes were still intact.

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“After the Titanic sank, individuals who entered the ocean without lifejackets perished from hypothermia, and their bodies fell like rain,” he explained.

The footage follows the re-release of the 1997 drama Titanic in honor of the film’s 26th anniversary earlier this month.

The ship’s interior is seen in the footage of its discovery, which Ballad describes as eerie.

James Cameron, the film’s director, said, “The personal stories that the Titanic represented are still being told more than a century after the ship sank. “I was captivated when Alvin and Jason Jr. descended to the wreck and entered it. WHOI contributes to telling a story that spans generations and circles the world by releasing this footage.”