"Carpathia" wreck located

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The following is from the Yahoo! news search at the main fullahead.to/titanic page
Graham Jessop said his company, Argosy International Ltd., found the wreck on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week, about 185 miles off the southwestern English coast, in 600 feet of water.

"She is in reasonably good condition for a wreck of that age," Jessop said. "She is in one piece, and she is upright."

The 13,000-ton Cunard Line ship rescued 705 survivors from the Titanic disaster on the morning of April 15, 1912, after its radio operator picked up a distress signal from the cruise liner, which sank after hitting an iceberg.

The Carpathia sank six years later during World War I, when it was torpedoed twice by a German U-boat off the south coast of Ireland while en route from Liverpool, England, to the United States. Five people died; 215 escaped.

"We will continue to explore the wreck, but we have been blown in by the tail end of the hurricane which is still there at the moment," said Jessop. "As soon as the weather allows, we will be returning to the wreck to do more extensive work."

-- Thomas M. Terashima (root@fullahead.to), September 18, 1999


Another expedition has discovered the wreck of the "Carpathia", this past Friday (September 22nd):
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - A U.S. expedition confirmed on Friday it had located the wreck of RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued 705 survivors from the Titanic and that was later torpedoed by a German U boat.

American author Clive Cussler and founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency said the wreck that was found last spring was confirmed as the Carpathia last week.

The ship, sunk near the end of World War One in 1918, was found in 171 meters (514 feet) of water off the east coast of Ireland.

Cussler said he and his team were able to pinpoint the wreck using scan sonar and have surveyed the wreck with remote operating vehicles.

Apparently, they were able to make a positive ID by comparing the wreck to blueprints. The ship's bell is intact.

In a CBC Radio interview, one of the researchers on the expedition mentioned having dived on the wreck of "Titanic" the previous week; he has seen the davits used to launch the lifeboats, and the davits used to retrieve them from the water.

-- Thomas M. Terashima (tom@nucleus.com), September 27, 2000.

Graham's not any relation to Ms. Violet Jessop by chance? :-)

-- Rebecca Fox (rfox@wercs.com), September 20, 1999.

600 feet of water sounds like too little. That really sounds like a typo. In 600 feet of water the ship should have been found years ago.

-- Thomas Shoebotham (tshoe@ix.netcom.com), September 21, 1999.

It could be right. Chances are, that with the renewed interest and with the relative position, that nobody ever looked for her before. I would have to look at a chart but 600 feet at that position is not inconcievable.

Regards, Peter

-- Peter Nivling (pcnivling@capecod.net), September 22, 1999.

I am just wondering why this did not make the newspapers. Is it really not that newsworthy?

-- Lynae Anderson (lynaeanderson@yahoo.com), September 22, 1999.

I did see it in the local (Bay Area) papers. It was a tiny little mention somewhere in the middle of the front section, but it was there. I think the story was pretty much word for word was Thomas T. posted above, probably from AP or something like that.

-- Thomas Shoebotham (tshoe@ix.netcom.com), September 23, 1999.

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