Today, under the influence of painkillers, I visited an exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum showcasing James Cameron’s deep ocean obsession, submarine quests and fascination with the Titanic. The exhibition contained short movies of his visits to the Titanic and incredible venture down the Mariana Trench (35,787 ft!) and information on the Deepsea Challenger submersible that was actually built here in Sydney.
It was eerie enough seeing this replica of the shipwreck… I can’t imagine being at the lonely, dark depths of the ocean and seeing this slowly emerge as the subs lights catch the vessel. A huge ship once full of life and excitement to reach New York reduced to a lifeless shell with very little trace of the people that built and sailed it. It shows how fragile life can be and that tomorrow is never guaranteed, no matter how perfect life can seem. Nature doesn’t care for your class or status.
It has always been a fascination of mine since I learned about the disaster, largely down to this movie that came out when I was just eight years old. Since then it is a historical event that has always stuck with me and this was a very interesting visit. It is even more eerie to know that the shipwreck won’t last forever, the remains of one of the most famous and tragic events of the 20th century will eventually fade away in time. At least we found it in time.
Due to popular demand it has been extended to 5th May, more info can be found here.
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