Finding the Titanic is very easy thanks to the Google Maps coordinates that reveal the haunted location of one of history’s deadliest sea disasters.
On April 14, 1912, the British passenger ship sank in the North Atlantic – more than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives.
What happened to the Titanic?
The RMS Titanic, once considered “unsinkable,” sank after crashing into an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City.
The ship was the largest floating ship in the world at the time and was built by shipbuilders Harland and Wolff in Belfast.
Titanic sank only about 715 miles from Halifax Harbor and 1,250 miles from New York City, and the voyage still took less than three days.
Ship’s lookout Frederick Fleet spotted the iceberg off Titanic late on April 14, 1912, and warned the crew. But it was already too late, although First Officer William Murdoch ordered the ship to steer around the iceberg.
Titanic’s starboard side collided with the iceberg, denting the hull and causing the seams to buckle and come loose.
The ship rapidly began to sink bow first, causing panic on board.
How do I find the Titanic on Google Maps?
Now, thanks to Google Maps coordinates, any web user can see the exact place where the tragedy happened and reveal how close the Titanic was to its final destination.
To find Titanic’s burial site, do the following:
- Go to Google Maps or Google Earth
- Enter the following coordinates: 41.7325°N, 49.9469°W
- Explore the area where the iceberg was when the Titanic struck
The exact sinking point is 13 miles (21.2 kilometers) from the inaccurate coordinates given by Titanic’s radio operators the night of the sinking.
After the Titanic broke in half, the bow and stern separated and were now about half a mile apart.
When was the Titanic wreck found?
Numerous attempts to find the wreck of the Titanic have been unsuccessful.
The first successful attempt to find the ship took place just over 37 years ago.
In September 1985, a Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered that the ship had likely broken apart near or on the surface before sinking.
It later emerged that the successful hunt for the liner in 1985 served as a cover for a mission to search for lost nuclear submarines.
So says retired US Navy officer Robert Ballard, who successfully led an underwater expedition to locate the sunken ship in 1985.
Ballard was tasked with finding the two nuclear-powered submarines USS Thresh and USS Scorpion that sank in the 1960s.
The hunt for Titanic was the perfect cover: “They didn’t want the world to know, so I had to have a cover story,” he explained.
However, it was not a complete conspiracy.
Ballard wanted to find the Titanic but could not get funding for the expensive expedition.
The US Navy eventually offered to hand out the money, albeit with one major condition.
Ballard would have to track down the subs before the Russians could find them, then a key rival in the ongoing Cold War could find them.
“We knew where the subs were,” Ballard revealed.
“They wanted me to go back and not let the Russians follow me because we were also interested in the nuclear weapons that were on the Scorpion and also in the nuclear reactors.” [were] do to the environment.”
He said the mission was “very top secret” and hidden from the public.
“I said, ‘Well, let’s tell the world I’m after the Titanic.'”
Unfortunately for Ballard, the covert portion of the mission took longer than expected.
After finding the Scorpion, he only had 12 days to find the Titanic.
But his search for the nuclear submarines had given him some helpful lessons.
“I learned something from mapping the Scorpion that taught me how to find the Titanic: look for its trail of debris,” he said.
Eventually he found the Titanic and had four days to film the wreck.
“It took people 60 days and they didn’t find it. I did it in eight days,” he said.
Ballard recalls being immediately excited by the find, but the mood quickly turned somber.
“We realized we were dancing on someone’s grave and we were embarrassed,” he said.
“The vibe, it was like someone took a wall switch and clicked it.”
“And we got sober, calm, respectful and promised never to take anything from that ship and to treat it with great respect.”
Art in Titanic Canyon off the coast of Newfoundland.