Hurricane Danielle halts high-tech mapping of 'Titanic'

Aug 29, 2010
The bow of the RMS Titanic lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. A high-tech expedition has been forced to suspend its efforts to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic because of the approach of Hurricane Danielle.

A high-tech expedition has been forced to suspend its efforts to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic because of the approach of Hurricane Danielle.

"It's official. Danielle will force us to temporarily halt operations at the wreck site as of early Sunday morning," American group RMS , which holds exploration rights for the wreck, wrote on its Facebook page late Saturday.

"The team is working through the night to complete as many mission objectives as possible. To ensure the safety of all on board, we are heading back to St. John's, Newfoundland for a few days," the expedition leaders wrote, adding that they would return to the venue "once the storm has passed to complete our goals."

Danielle never made landfall but reached Category Four strength Friday. Now a Category One storm, it continues to weaken as it sails towards open waters of the north Atlantic.

The high tech expedition began work earlier this month to explore the where the ship sank nearly one hundred years ago, the crew said Thursday.

Sonar onboard an automated submersible vehicle combined with high-resolution video will be used to create three dimensional images of the fabled oceanliner.

The expedition arrived last week aboard the scientific vessel Jean Charcot and started by laying flowers on the water's surface to commemorate the 1,500 victims of the .

The team of experts said they will be using some of the most advanced technology available to create a portrait of the ship unlike any that has been created before "virtually raising the Titanic," and posting images from their mission at the website www.expeditiontitanic.com.

The Titanic, a luxury passenger ship once thought to be unsinkable, hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912 and sank in the early morning of April 15, 1912, killing 1,500 people.

After decades of searching, the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 some four kilometers (2.5 miles) beneath the surface of the sea.

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