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F* *F '; T ,i, i t 'r '# : i w ff & 1} * F\ ,a FI rl ..g*")' -J lPt : fl _) ti Ll_l U I l_l 0 Bob Ballard, left, with team. Above, an \\ r r1 1i l1;iii {l)rr'arl thr'{)uuh the sirip lnci ru lcrr' pct4llc had gathercd. I raised the flas underwater sled alongside Trtanic's hull I)Lrl)lu \\rri-'p()Liling ittlo thc rltt. lirnc ro ,r', llurluntl unrl \\oll1. thc shiplard that cclrbnile. [)lrptr elr1.l: rrl \llrtelr: \\ inr' \\erf iruti lrrrilt thc litoriic. I rvasn'T trving to be nrrrre vivid t\\'isted hull platine. yrorritrrlrs. beilrg passcd alourtd. lt *a' the cl{)\e\l \\r' tirr'lrtrital aboul it. it just sccntcd the righr 'fhen lu piece of nrrling thc 1ul1 human irrrpact ci-lnro to chanrl-ltgnc. somconr pointr'd thrng to t1o. l he skl was clear and fillccl r)l lhc lraqe(i! ltgan to sink in. lJr.rc ut lhc tup lo lhe clocks anri said sornethrng likc "()h irotlort.t ol tltc ocutrr \\ ils not oniv thc rnv Gtxi!". It u'as ncarl_r'2am lcral ffi sr;trt't,ard ttl a glr'at ship. bLrt the onlt 1rr-ne . r'e11' ckrsr to the eracl hour of the 'I IrtIirr{-l monurn(rnt l() nrorc tIutn 1..50()pcoplc itanic's sinkinu. lost rrhcn she sank. Anrl ric uere thc lirst ,\t once thc profcssional rvas replacccl bv t .[-he pcoplc lo col)'ra l{) pli\ oLtr rts}rL'eis. thr hunran bcing. van *e nt i1uie1. I .\t 1.l3arn. e ight nrinrrit: iilter.,1rso surd something like: "I ckrn'1 kno'"v hou vr.ru prssed uvcr lhc borlcr. I garc the rlrdrr pr()l)lc iL'('i. ltttl I tItn l \\ilnl l() itnJr,'st rrrr rr ilir :iars, the sea calrn. I:xccpt for the to nusc..{rso to S(!100 lccl. I uas lrtring fcelincs on \'ou al all. irut I knolr' that in r-rr{x)n. it u'as.jr-rst likc the night the fitunic elirrl'ul. but didn't realisc until lalrr lrori lbrrr.rt 20 minutes I'n-t going oul on tht wrr.rt dor"'n. "l really don't har,e much t0 tlrtrtge rous otrr :ituation u as. L lrn jItini:lr . lurrluil. Il Alr\r)ne rlants lo.join nrL. tll!'\'l i, sar,' I -said. "but I thought rvr: rnrght.jusr \\e \\erc approachine thc rvreck 1'rrrrr lirc u'clconre. If nof . lhat's okrt'." I lrerr I rr trlkrd rttrsen'c a leu rnorttr:nts of silcnce.^' urrrst possiblc point ancl we rc onlv ahor.it ll i)ul ()l thL'valt. 11 \'as one thing to havr lirund thc ship lcct abrlve tlrr / itrlrrc's dt'ck. \\ hen I r.l()l t(, the fantail ol liic ship qutrc It uls anolhcr thing to be therc. I intagined I coulcl sec the /llanic as shc slippcd nosc first into the glassy waler. Around nre Chandelier, \\crc the uhostlV shapcs doll's head, of thr Iifeboats, the shouts bench end... arrcl screanrs oI peopie in the some of lhe watcr. Our little nremorial l1fanic debris scrlice lastecl five. ma\be tcn Ballard's team minutes. 1'hcn I .just said: '' lound near l hank rou all. Nou. lct s the wreck sct back t0 rvork." I
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