The search for the submersible Titan, the submarine that carried five passengers to the wreck of the Titanic, ended today when the US Coast Guard found debris from the vehicle indicating it exploded. James Cameron, Director Titanic who himself has traveled to the wreck site more than 33 times, compared the two crashes in an interview with ABC News, noting that the team behind Titan ignored warnings about the bodywork.
Cameron designed and built a submarine that traveled to the Mariana Trench, one of the deepest points in the ocean. Noting a strict set of safety protocols that he and his fellow engineers were required to follow in building the car, he revealed that his team designed the sphere on a computer for more than three years before actually building it and testing it in real life.
However, Titan has deviated from building and testing traditional deep-sea diving. It was driven by a PlayStation controller, and visitors remembered thinking the team behind the submarine might have had “detours” in building it. As Cameron noted, “Many people in the community were very concerned about this offshoot, and a number of senior players in the deep immersion engineering community wrote letters to the company saying that what they were doing was too experimental to carry passengers, and needed to be certified.” , etc.”
As such, the director, The Explorer, compared the lost submarine to the lost ship she dived in to visit. “I was struck by the similarity to the Titanic disaster itself—the captain being repeatedly warned about ice in front of his ship, and yet it evaporated at full speed on an ice field on a moonless night, and so many people died as a result,” Cameron said. “And to a very similar tragedy, where The warnings went unheeded, and happening in the exact same location – with all the diving going on, all over the world – I think it’s amazing. I think it’s really surreal.”
At the time of its implosion, it was led by Stockton Rush, founder and CEO of parent company OceanGate Expeditions. On board the submarine was British pilot Hamish Harding. Paul-Henri Nargolet, a French naval expert and friend of Cameron’s; Shahzada Daoud, a British-Pakistani businessman. and the 19-year-old son of Dawood Suleiman.
James Cameron, director of “Titanic” on the “catastrophic implosion” of the Titanic submarine: “I was struck by the similarity between the Titanic disaster itself, in which the captain repeatedly warned of ice ahead of his ship, yet sailed at full speed into an iceberg.” pic.twitter.com/vO8JkCXS5f
– ABC News (@ABC) June 22, 2023