Wreck and recovery

From the very moment it disappeared under the waters of the North Atlantic, the search for the "ship of dreams" became the goal of oceanographers, historians, treasure hunters, researchers and even businessmen from all over the world.

After years of investigations, on 1 September 1985 at 1.05 AM, the Titanic was located on the North Atlantic seabed, at a depth of four kilometres, 800 kilometres to the south-east of the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

A Franco-American expedition led by Jean Jarry, of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), and Robert Ballard, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, managed to film the Titanic on its deathbed for the first time.

The following year, the first research and recovery expeditions took place, allowing a large number of original objects to be recovered and placed on display for the public.

The first objects were recovered in 1987, although it was not until 1993 that the company of George Tulloch, RMS Titanic, was authorised to continue the operation to salvage objects on condition that the company did not profit from their sale.

In one generation—perhaps two—the activity of the bacteria had taken its toll and the remains had disappeared, adding to the myth and legend.

Titanic the Exhibition is working to preserve this magic, the beauty, the history and the integrity of the Titanic, bringing its memory to the continent with the dignity and respect it deserves, reminding us of the significance of the ship to the sea, history and, above all, human beings.