Titanic Found During Secret Navy Mission?

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is June 15th, Father’s Day, I’m Cody, and I’m here to tell you about a news article that the Modern Typewriter team ran across.

The news article (from National Geographic) is dated June 2nd, 2008, and is entitled ‘Titanic Was Found During Secret Cold War Navy Mission’.

The 1986 discovery of the most famous ship of all time, Titanic, was actually a secret Cold War Navy mission. The discoverers actually were investigating about two wrecked submarines in a similar area.

Taken From Article: Ballard met with the Navy in 1982 to request funding to develop the robotic submersible technology he needed to find the Titanic. Ronald Thunman, then the deputy chief of naval operations for submarine warfare, told Ballard the military was interested in the technology—but for the purpose of investigating the wreckage of the U.S.S. Thresher and U.S.S. Scorpion.

Since Ballard’s technology would be able to reach the sunken subs and take pictures, the oceanographer agreed to help out.

He then asked the Navy if he could search for the Titanic, which was located between the two wrecks.

“I was a little short with him,” said Thunman, who retired as a vice admiral and now lives in Springfield, Illinois. He emphasized that the mission was to study the sunken warships.

Once Ballard had completed his mission—if time was left—Thunman said, Ballard could do what he wanted, but never gave him explicit permission to search for the Titanic.

The Navy never really expected Ballard to find the legendary Titanic, so they were a bit concerned about all of the publicity that the news was getting.

The famous Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14th, 1912, and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic on April 15th, the very next day at 2:20 am. There was a lack of lifeboats, as well as weak rivets. More than half of the Titanic’s passengers and Crew died that night. Only 705 people survived.

Remember, I’m Cody, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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