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Titanic to be turned in to a tourist attraction

By T.K. Randall
January 14, 2018 · Comment icon 18 comments

Would you pay to visit the wreck of the Titanic ? Image Credit: Willy Stower - 1912
Entrepreneur Stockton Rush is aiming to offer tourists the opportunity to visit the wreckage in person.
While companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are looking to offer trips in to space, Stockton's company OceanGate has set its sights firmly in the opposite direction.

More people scale Everest in a single day than have ever visited the wreck of the Titanic, he argues.

There's a good reason for this too - at 13,000ft beneath the surface of the Atlantic, the final resting place of the famous vessel is accessible to only the most advanced of submersible vehicles.
A typical seat on-board one of these costs anywhere up to $105,129.

Stockton's objective is to reduce the cost significantly so that the average consumer will have a chance to venture in to the depths without having to win a fortune on the lottery to do so.

The key to achieving this goal will be Cyclops 2 - a new five-person submersible that, once complete, will be the only privately owned submersible in the world capable of reaching the Titanic.

Whether many people will actually be willing to sign up for the trip however remains to be seen.

Source: Pacific Standard | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 6 years ago
It's not Titanic. It is Olympic.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Wizard Archaeus 6 years ago
The ship was rumored haunted long before its ill-fated voyage from the many perils during its construction period including those poor souls which had fallen and thus became forgotten between the various layers within the vessels hull. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
OK Hollywood - Here's a plot for a rip and slash ghost story.  Don't waste it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by rashore 6 years ago
That is not accurate. The six people who died in the shipyard were buried, not trapped or forgotten in the hull. Two people died in the works- also not in the hull. Five of the eight total have been identified by name, researchers are still trying to figure out the last three names. Titanic actually had fewer deaths than the "expected usual" of the time. The "expected usual" amount of deaths for the Titanic according to her building costs would have been set at 15. The Titanic wasn't noted to have an unusual amount of serious or minor injuries either. There was a ship called the Great Eastern ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Well they had better be quick: There is more to this than just a tourist attraction.....cyclops 2 is just part of it and a way of letting the people see ( yes and pay for..thr money has to come in somehow) the wonders of the deep. There is still a lot of research to be done and i personally think this is fascinating; If they can bring the money in to cover all costs...then good for them. But tourists will not be inside the Titanic or whats left of it...surveys are still to be done.  But just to be able to travel in the cyclops 2 and go down that deep is amazing....Titanic will be just a bonu... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by AZDZ 6 years ago
Ah, Capitalism. Any opportunity to turn a buck shall be exploited. However that said, I gotta admit I would take the trip if I could afford it. Fat chance though. I once dreampt this! It was called, "Dig up a loved one day" I went with a friend to 'visit' her mother. Brains are so weird.
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Surely, in the finale of each "show", numerous weighted dummies in period clothing will be floating agast in the deep.
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Tut tut AZDZ this is not exploitation. The research is costly and so is the new Cyclops 2, but it  will be still in use after the Titanic has corroded. I thnk all they are doing is amazing and would love to go down there, but alas doubt i could afford it, but will keep following the work from the Oceangate team.
Comment icon #17 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
Of course! And a giant inflatable iceberg!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Wizard Archaeus 6 years ago
Which is why I said it was rumored since it wasn't a verified fact at the time of my researching its veracity. I would frown upon your presence during any stories of mystery and horror as you might be the one to deflate them all based merely on your fact findings. Though perhaps not accurate do I often tend to favor more the "what if's" narratives which tend to prove more entertaining but then that's just my personal preference. Obviously, the truth will always be more preferred than any conspired fiction. So continue in your lashing of the whip should ever any dare stray from between the l... [More]


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