LONDON – Time and tides were unfriendly for the Titanic and they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Explorers on the first manned journey for almost 15 years were amazed at the rapid decline.
"Probably the most shocking decay area was the starboard side of the Officer's Quarter, where the Captain's quarters are located. The Captain's Bathtub is a favorite image among Titanic enthusiasts and that's gone now," said Titanic historian Park Stephenson.
The bathtub of Captain Edward Smith, who, like most of his sailors, went down by ship. Gone are the large cabins of the liner, which have been recaptured by nature and lost to the sea. Saltwater corrosion and ocean currents have swallowed crumbling stalactites of rust.
"The wreck lies nearly 4,000 meters deep in bitterly cold 1
It is an inglorious end to a bloodthirsty beginning when the Titanic made its maiden voyage in 1912. The ship was known to hit an iceberg, killing 1,500 people.
Researchers now say that it may only take a few decades for the ship to be virtually gone. After the death of the survivors of the disaster, the Titanic wreck is the only witness to tell its story.