NOAA's Ocean Explorer Titanic Collection

Following the The Guidelines for Research, Exploration and Salvage of RMS Titanic issued under the authority of the Act, OER (NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research) has conducted two field expeditions, and has collected and disseminated data from the sunken Titanic.

The first of these missions was conducted in June 2003. This expedition consisted of an 11-day research cruise to the wreck site aboard the Russian Research Vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh. Working with both Canada and Russia, the goal for this joint venture was to assess the wreck site in its current condition, and provide an opportunity to conduct scientific observations for ongoing research. A subsequent NOAA expedition in 2004 was conducted to study the ship's rapid deterioration.

Between the two expeditions, OER provided the world with breathtaking views of the sunken Titanic as well as important data for protecting this and other submerged cultural resources. Links to Expedition information and logs, educational resources developed by OER, image slideshows and video footage is provided here.

You can access the NOAA's R.M.S. Titanic: 100 Years Later News feed here: NOAA RSS 2.0 Feed

The gallery collection below focuses on the shipwreck RMS Titanic.

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June 4-6 Slideshow June 3 Slideshow June 2 Slideshow June 1 Slideshow

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June 4-6 Slideshow

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June 3 Slideshow

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June 2 Slideshow

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June 1 Slideshow

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Images

Bow view of the Titanic Bow view of the Titanic A view of the stearing motor on the bridge of the Titanic. Titanic detached rusticles below port side anchor

A view of the bow and railing of the Titanic. (HR)

A close-up of the Titanic's bow. (HR)

A view of the steering motor on the bridge of the Titanic. (HR)

Titanic detached rusticles below port side anchor. (HR)

Secondary rusticle growth hanging from the stern of RMS Titanic Rusticles growing down the stern of Titanic Bow view of the Titanic from Mir I submersible camera. Bow view of the Titanic from Mir I submersible camera

A rusticle hanging from the stern section of the RMS Titanic shows secondary growths during maturation. (HR)

Rusticles growing down from Titanic's stern section. (HR)

A view of the bow of the Titanic from a camera mounted on the outside of the Mir I submersible. (HR)

Rusticles are observed growing over most of the pipes and fixtures in the room. (HR)



 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


Lesson Plans (PDF Format)

Looking for Clues
(Grades 5-6; Marine Archaeology)

Galvanic vs. Titanic?
(Grades 7-8; Physical Science)

What's Eating Titanic?
(Grades 9-12; Physical/Biological Science)