NOAA 2003 Expedition

Titanic's bow section has been extensively documented, and many of the iconic images of the wreck show only the foremost 40-50 feet of this section. As time has passed, this revered portion of the wreck has degraded. Though many know these changes have occurred, the rate at which they occur is somewhat unknown to the public. The 2003 expedition footage reveals many drastic changes that the public only became aware of in 2012 had taken place long before.

The stern section is often overlooked by documentary crews and filmmakers, as the bow is far more photogenic. However, the majority of those lost on Titanic made their final stand in this tragic location. The years have not been kind to the stern section, and it's wreckage resembles a collapsed building more than an ocean liner in many areas. The footage from 2003 on this site is the largest public collection of stern documentation in existence.

Perhaps the least explored areas of the wreck are the several square miles surrounding the main sections. This area is full of fascinating artifacts and tantalizing clues to how the ship sank. It was this field that resulted in the development of a low angle breakup theory, and it is from this field that almost every artifact displayed in a museum was recovered.