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WorldRapidly decaying Titanic could disappear in decades

07:20  22 august  2019
07:20  22 august  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Time and tides have been unkind to the Titanic . Explorers on the first manned voyage in nearly 15 years were astonished to find its rapid decay .

Time and tides have been unkind to the Titanic . Explorers on the first manned voyage in nearly 15 years were astonished to find its rapid decay .

London — Time and tides have been unkind to the Titanic and it's disappearing at an alarming rate. Explorers on the first manned voyage in nearly 15 years were astonished by its rapid decay.

"Probably the most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officers' quarters, where the captain's quarters are. The captain's bathtub is a favorite image among Titanic enthusiasts and that's now gone," said Titanic historian Park Stephenson.

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Time and tides have been unkind to the Titanic . Explorers on the first manned voyage in nearly 15 years were astonished to find its rapid decay .

The first people to dive down to the Titanic in nearly 15 years say it is deteriorating. Over the course of five sub dives, an international team of deep-sea explorers surveyed the Rapidly decaying Titanic could disappear in decades - Продолжительность: 1:36 CBS Evening News 11 428 просмотров.

Rapidly decaying Titanic could disappear in decades© Courtesy of Atlantic Productions 550c-titanic-transfer-frame-31.jpg

Captain Edward Smith's bathtub, who, like most of its seamen, went down with the ship. Gone too are the liner's grand staterooms, reclaimed by nature, lost to the sea.

Metal-eating bacteria has been devouring the shrinking vessel. Saltwater corrosion and sea currents have been swallowing up crumbling stalactites of rust.

Rapidly decaying Titanic could disappear in decades© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This handout image shows a view of the Titanic.

It's an inglorious end to a vainglorious beginning, when the Titanic made its maiden voyage in 1912. The ship famously hit an iceberg, killing 1,500 people.

Researchers now say it may only be a couple of decades before the ship has all but vanished. With survivors of the disaster now having passed away, the Titanic's wreck itself is the only witness left to tell its story.

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