Submarine missing: All five people aboard a tourist submarine that went missing en route to view the wreckage of the historic Titanic ship in the Atlantic Ocean have tragically died. OceanGate, the submarine operating company, has expressed tribute while confirming this. Let us tell you that these people went on an expedition to document the wreckage of the sunken ship ‘Titanic’ more than a century ago. Others aboard the submarine include British billionaire Hamish Harding, French tourist Paul-Henri Nargiolet and Oceangate CEO Stockton Rush.
On June 18, this submarine of the OceanGate company had set out on a journey, but it lost contact within the first 2 hours. The Titanic was the largest steam-powered passenger ship in the world. It sank in April 1912 after hitting an iceberg four days after setting sail on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Last year, the wreckage of this ship was found near the coast of Rhode Island. News of the Titanic’s maiden voyage and its tragic end made headlines in 1912.
This ship has remained a subject of curiosity since then. Several songs and movies have been made on it, including James Cameron’s Titanic, which long held the record for being the highest-grossing film globally. In recent years a number of exhibitions have been held in New York, Seville and Hong Kong, offering visitors the chance to see the remains of the Titanic and tour the ship’s reconstructed rooms. These exhibitions have attracted large audiences.
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Why does the Titanic fascinate us and why do the rich agree to risk not only their money but their lives just to have a glimpse of the wreck? There are two reasons for this. First, the grandeur of the ship. The White Star Line, which built the Titanic, promoted it as the most expensive and luxurious ship ever to hit the seas. Wealthy passengers paid up to 870 British pounds to travel in the Titanic’s first class cabin.
Movies and exhibitions based on the Titanic are also very popular, as visitors are mesmerized by the ship’s beautiful furnishings, the exotic clothing of its wealthy passengers, and the sumptuous menus of its luxurious restaurants. Chefs from many countries of the world, including Australia, periodically offer customers the dishes served on the Titanic.
Hundreds of poor migrant passengers were also aboard the Titanic. Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Cameron’s film, was also an expatriate. They used to mix with the crowd of rich travelers, but could not enjoy the delicious dishes like them. Had such poor migrants been aboard the Titanic, the ship would probably have quickly disappeared from memory.
Another reason is the fact that Titanic was promoted as the unsinkable ship at the time. This ship was designed to deal with every torture of the sea. When it sailed from England, it was said to be more powerful than nature. But, today its debris at the bottom of the sea is a reminder of the immense power of nature, before which everyone has to kneel down. Now it is these two factors – the grandeur and the power of the sea – that are fueling global interest in the disappearance of the ‘Titan’ submarine.
Like the Titanic, the ‘Titan’ is attracting attention because of the very wealthy passengers on board, each of whom reportedly paid US$250,000 to see the wreckage of the Titanic. Then the force of the sea is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of this submarine. As the sea may have claimed yet another submarine, the incident once again reminds us of the limits of human knowledge and the might of the sea.
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