Thursday, April 12, 2012

Titanic: Mystery Solved, on History Channel

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. This epic tragedy has been shrouded in mystery. We know an iceberg did it, but not how this legendary and supposedly unsinkable vessel broke apart so quickly and plunged to its icy grave on April 15, 1912. The sinking took less than three hours and around 1,500 lives.

The History channel joined top underwater experts in an expedition to map out in exhaustive detail the ENTIRE wreck site, and made unpredecented new discoveries. Finally we will glimpse what truly went wrong in this century-old disaster.

It's all going to be revealed in "Titanic: Mystery Solved" which will premiere Sunday, April 15, at 8pm on the History channel (StarHub channel 401 in Singapore), one of my family's favourite cable channels!

This exclusive two-hour special documentary will also reveal for the first time the complete picture of the ship's breaking and sinking by the use of a virtual hangar.

Using space shuttle and aircraft accident investigation techniques, the experts have created a virtual holographic reconstruction of the wreck site in a hangar.

I want to watch it just for this alone! While we won't get a Star Wars rebel alliance princess pleading, "Help me, Obi-wan, you're my only hope!", I think the holographic image will give us a closer 3D sense of the massive ship and all its parts strewn on the ocean bed. Next best thing to being there yourself, I reckon.

While there are many programs on the Titanic, this one seems intriguing because of the focus on real-world evidence and scientific emphasis on analysing what went wrong.

So this isn't best-guess theories and land-based speculation, but actual HD-quality recording of every inch of the site and every piece of the ship. Nearly half the wreck area has remained unseen until now. From the detailed analysis, we’ll find out who or what was at fault and who or what has been blamed unfairly.

So remember to catch the show on Sunday, April 15 at 8-10pm on the History channel. See more videos here.

P.S. A bit of food trivia - there was a lot to eat on the Titanic: 75,000 lbs. fresh meat, 15,000 bottles of beer, 40 tons of potatoes, 3,500 lbs. of tomatoes, 7,000 heads of lettuce, 1,500 gallons of fresh milk, 40,000 fresh eggs, 3,500 lbs of onions, 800 bundles of asparagus, 800 lbs of tea, 36,000 apples, 36,000 oranges.

All photos from the History Channel minisite. Visit it for more details on the show.

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