Ghosts Of The Abyss Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Ghosts Of The Abyss Script





I believe things can

happen of such an intensity



that they do resonate

through time,



create, like, an echo.



The story of the "Titanic"

is very personal



to each person who hears it,

almost like a biblical story.



This giant ship,



all these people

in the middle of the ocean,



this iceberg, the warnings.



What would it have been like



to be there

on that fateful night?



I knew Jim was going to go back

to the "Titanic. "



He had talked about it.



He wanted to take

another expedition



since he had made the film.



He had invited me in passing.



But I guess I didn't

really seriously consider



I would actually go.



- Hello!

- Hello!



You speak English?



Great. I'm looking for my room.

My cabin.






Oh, thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.



But then,

when he actually said,



"No, I really want you

to come along and experience it



for yourself

and just take it all in"...



I had to go.



The "Keldysh" is the largest

scientific research vessel



in the world.



And all the activity onboard

is focused on the "Mirs"



and what they have to accomplish

at the bottom of the ocean.



They take their work

extremely seriously.



Everything is checked

and rechecked,



just like a space mission.






My name is Lewis Abernathy.



I'm an underwater explorer.



I got them all.



I have been trying to thumb

a ride down to "Titanic"



for probably    years now.



What do you got?



We got bots, slimy bots, and

"A" deck, "B" deck, "C" deck.



Huge rusticles,

like this big around.



My name is Lori Johnston.



My position was

as a microbiologist,



looking at the rusticles.



The idea that she spiraled down,

spitting objects.



My name is Charles Pellegrino.



I was one of the historians and

biologists on the expedition.



We tend to think of it

in   st-century eyes.



I'm Don Lynch,

and I studied the "Titanic"



based upon the testimony and

accounts of passengers and crew.



The people who were there

and witnessed it.



My name is Ken Marschall.



I've been studying the "Titanic"

for over three decades now.



I checked it out.

The Straus suite.



Through those years and study,



I've sort of become

a visual historian



about the ship and her structure

and appearance.



It was an amazing expedition



in terms of all of

the state-of-the-art technology



and engineering we were using,

in terms of the camera system.



The R.O.V.S were amazing.



On the cutting edge

of technology.



Just try to keep the light in

right where I've gone in.



I'm gonna explore these cabins.



There is no script. We don't

know what we're gonna see.



We don't know

what we're gonna encounter.



The crucial thing

about deep-sea photography



is lighting.



Just come up over and light

all this business down here.



- You see what I mean?

- Yeah.



So we had a sister ship on

the expedition called the "EAS."



The "EAS" had

this giant lighting chandelier



called Medusa.



The theory was to lower the

chandelier down over the wreck



and do this overlighting,

almost like moonlight.



There was no manual

for any of this.



Nobody had ever combined

this many elements



into a single-dive operation

before at these depths.



We were pushing the limits

of technology,



which was a little eerie



given the fate of the ship

we had come to explore.



This is where it all happened.



It could be any other part

of the ocean,



but there's something special

about knowing



this is the spot

and the wreck's down there.



Why this shipwreck?

Why not the "Lusitania"?



Why not the "Moro Castle"?

Why not the "Atlantic"?



They're all good.



They're all good,

but why is this one?



Look at the stuff

that comes with this.



You've got the biggest ship

on its maiden voyage,



the president of the company

onboard that owns it,



the builder onboard.



And it hits an iceberg,

and it sinks so slowly



that you've got all these hours

for drama to be acted out.



You don't get that

with other shipwrecks.



It's really a Greek tragedy

for real.



She was so cheated.

She was so beautiful.



So much energy went into

building this creation.



You know, the epitome

of human engineering



and architecture, maritime

architecture at that point.



And to have it taken away,




just four days out of England.



And that's part, I guess,

of the odd attraction to it.



The fact that you could never

have such a thing happen



before or since.



The ship remains

at the bottom of the sea



as an eternal memorial.



And we can visit that memorial.



We can bear witness

to the event.



And if we're gonna do

interior exploration,



we have to do it now,

because five years from now,



there might not be anything.



Five years ago,

the technology didn't exist.



We had to will it

into existence.



"Monday, August        .



Tomorrow morning

we will descend   /  miles



into the cold, dark netherworld



and see 'Titanic' for ourselves



as she lies broken

on the seafloor.



How do you prepare

for such an experience?"



Okay. Dive one.



It's gonna be

J. B. And Bill in "Mir- "



and me and Vince in "Mir- ."



Pilots are gonna be

Genya Chernaiev, "Mir- "



Anatoly Sagalevitch, "Mir- ."



Okay. Here's your checklist.



Have your last will

and testament in order,



make sure your insurance

is paid up,



write a final note

to your family.



These are the kind of things

you think about.



Next stop, "Titanic. "



Happy hunting.



Let's rock and roll.



The moment of truth.



See you in the sunshine.



To get in

a three-man submersible



and descend       feet



down into the bottom

of the North Atlantic,



it just was maybe a little more

adventure than I wanted.









That's good.




Be sure to turn that on.



Yeah, I can see how you get

kind of queasy sitting up here.



Look at the colors change.



Boy, that's fast.



This tells you the oxygen

up here, right?






So it's at   .

That's good.



Now, if that gets below   

then it's...



What's the number

you watch for?



It's   .

It's good also.



It's good.




But if it gets below what?



Does the battery sound okay?

It sounds sluggish like that?



- That's normal?

- Yes, it's normal.



Now, if you have

a real emergency



and everything fails,



I heard something about,



you can disengage,

drop the main battery?






Yes, we have many possibilities.



I hope we never drop battery,

because it's very expensive.



How much?



It's $        I think.



I mean, would you take a check?






Yes.      .



That's pretty deep.



Something wrong?



It's okay?






That's handy.



And it's fixed.



I adjust for them for later.



Oh, okay. Okay.

Good. Yeah.



"Mir- " "Mir- "

this is "Mir- ."



What is your depth?




"Mir- " "Mir- "

this is "Mir- ."



Depth is      meters.



See you on the bottom.

Jim out.



I see bottom.

It's bottom.



Oh, yeah.



You see it?




Just barely.



Bottom of the ocean.

Look at that.



Look at that.



It looks like

the dark side of the moon.



It wasn't just the idea



of putting your faith

in these little submarines



and going to the bottom

of the sea.



There's thousands of tons

of pressure against you.



But where we were going,

where we were going.



We'll see more debris as we go.

There's a piece right there.



Yeah, look. There's some china.

See the china?



Yeah, we got her.



You want to see "Titanic"

on the sonar?



You're gonna love this.



- It's, like, there she is, baby.

- Oh, man.




   meters straight ahead.



Bill, it's the bow.



Oh, look at that.



Oh, God.

There it is.



What a sight.



What a sight!



So Medusa is lighting it up.



Look at that.



Oh, man.



Oh, now you get a sense

of the size of this thing.



My God!



This was the "Titanic. "



This is the fabled liner

that lies in its grave



at the bottom

of the North Atlantic.



You approach it

with incredible reverence.



Bill, it is bow anchor.



Oh, God.



Its port side

in good conditions.



That is incredible.

Look at that.



Look at that!



It's dug in all the way

up to the anchor.



Oh, it's amazing just to be

floating above it.



Gosh, you could just reach out

and touch it.



We're near the anchor crane.

It's right there.



See it?




Right here.




Oh, yes.



Okay. Okay.

You're clear.



I knew we were gonna get close,

but not this close.



The experience of being

in one of the submersibles



is almost like

an astral projection.



The way you float around it,



it really is an ethereal,

kind of ghostly experience.



We're here.

It's Hatch Number One.



Oh, yeah.




You can see right down

the cargo hatch.



Boy, it just falls into

just a black well.



Oh, there's the crow's-nest door

right there.



They climbed up

inside the mast



to get out to the crow's nest.



That's where Fleet stood.



Right there

when he saw the iceberg.



Iceberg right ahead!



You see the... it looks

like the port electric crane.



What is that?



Yeah, it's a gate.



- Yes, it's gate. Yes.

- Closed gate.



Officers locked that



to keep the steerage passengers

down below decks.



Of course, I'd have been

just climbing over that thing.



Oh, God. So that's

right where the bridge was.



And there's the telemotor.



The helm.

The helm of the ship.



Try to imagine



what it must have been like

to be on the bridge that night.



First Officer William Murdoch

is on duty.



Quartermaster Hichens

at the wheel.



That split-second decision

Murdoch had to make.



Iceberg right ahead!



He can go left

or he can go right.






Murdoch is suddenly staring

an iceberg



right down the barrel.



Murdoch knows how many

passengers are onboard,



how few lifeboats there are,



what grave danger

the ship is in.






That is history right there.

We are touching the legend.



Wow. Just like a cliff

just falling in the abyss.



"Mir- " "Mir- "

be advised that we are...



We're gonna be going up.



Did they start up?



Well, let's clear "Titanic"

before we turn the lights off.



"Titanic" was good to us today.



Goodbye, "Titanic. "



Oh! Oh!



Hello, again.



Hello, Sergei.






Welcome to "Keldysh. "



Quite a ride.



If the bow is so dug in,

you just don't get that depth.



And seeing that wall going

all the way down



and falling into nothing,



even just with

the "Mir- 's" lights,



really was like, "Holy cow.

This thing is so big. "



What exciting work.



We were exploring the "Titanic"

with new technologies



and these incredible

new cameras.



Have you ever been in any sub?



Only at Disneyland.



This is different.



Good luck.



See you later.



These dives,

every one is so precious.



I want to make sure



we pack as much information,

visually and historically,



as I can possibly get

into these eyeballs.



Ha! Ha! Ha!



You know, you have

historians, scientists.



It was a great camaraderie.



I screamed like a girl

the whole time.



Crying like a kid?



Cried like a baby.



The R.O.V.S were fascinating.



Initially they were called

Bot   and Bot  .



But ultimately they were named

Jake and Elwood.



My name is Mike Cameron.



I'm the R.O.V. Creator.



The vehicle is not unlike

a little creature.



It's got a brain.

It's got a computer onboard.



It's got eyes

in a couple cameras up front.



Give it a little forward.



You are in, Daddy-O.

You're in.



It's got this character

about it that's alive.



The real revolutionary

part is the fiber-optic spool.



It's like a spider

spinning out its own silk.



Come in here,

explore these rooms,



come back out.



If these bots worked

like we were hoping they would,



we could go through

the entire ship.



The bots are finally going

to "Titanic. "



Three years in the making.



"Mir- " Jake's just

coming out of his hooch. Over.



Here he comes. He's out.



I think we were so

intent on watching the screens.



Very quickly,

I forgot where I was.



The R. O.V. Had just

unconsciously become our eyes.



This is what it's all about.

Cruising around at        feet.



Jeff, stand by.



We're about to launch Bot  

a. K. A. Elwood.



Sight enabler.



Com link.

Camera power.



All right.

I think we're ready to fly.



Elwood's coming out.



Pretty cool.



Looking good, Elwood.



Tell them we'll meet in the

center of the grand staircase.



We're gonna meet in the

center of the grand staircase.



Copy that.



The grand staircase

on "Titanic"



was, in my opinion, the most

beautiful feature of the ship.



And the dome,



the wrought-iron dome overhead,

was just beautiful.



It's really a blessing



that this staircase

did break apart and float out,



because it allows easy access

to the interior of the ship.



What's Elwood's   ?



Right above you.



Getting ready to start

our descent. Over.




We see him.



That's them.




We see you.






Proceed slowly.



Proceeding slowly.



This is so much

like flying a helicopter.



We knew the beauty

of the grand staircase was gone.



But no one knew what we'd find

deep inside the ship.



Continue down one.



You're crossing the floor

of "B" deck right now.



You're looking

into "C" deck right now.



- Do not go into "C" deck.

- Awaiting instructions.



"C" deck. "D" deck.

There's "D" deck.



All right. He's in position

to enter "D" deck.



Stand by there, Jeff.



Your first move

would be to enter "D" deck.



Roger that.



You getting ready

to go down there?



Do I want to be pointed aft

or what?



Yeah. Okay.




Tell him to move ahead slow.



Move ahead slow.



Moving ahead slow.



Tell him to move

real, real, real, real easy.



Move real, real,

real, real easy.



Real easy.



Moving real easy.



Believe we are heading

toward starboard.



We're looking

at a light fixture.



Looks like it had

four or five bulbs on it.



We should come to the right.



Come to the right, Jeff.



And we'll head

for the boiler uptake.



Copy that.



So far, the vehicle

is handling like a champ.



It's performing beautifully.

How much tether do we have out?



Just shy of     feet out.






Move forward to that doorframe.



We are inside the "Titanic. "



- Tell him to slow down.

- I still can't get over it.



Slow down.



Copy that.



I still can't believe

that we're actually here.



I keep waiting for somebody

to yell, "Cut,"



and I'm gonna go back

to my trailer.



I don't think I can get out of

this and get back to my trailer.



My trailer!



I need to call my agent.



It's getting

a little skinny right in here.



Looks like Carlsbad Caverns

in there.



Is he pinned?



Is there no way forward

from there?



Go left.



Go left.



Making the turn.



That's too close to the bottom.

Tell them to come up.



You're too close to the bottom.



Copy that.






Boy, this is nerve-racking.



There's something there.

See what that is?



Windows, windows.



Dining-room windows.



- We're going for the window.

- We're going for the windows.



Look at that.



- Unbelievable.

- That's amazing.



Take it real slow here.



Those are

the lead-glass windows.



Try to get your light up

on those.



- Amazing, huh?

- Yes.



Turn off his spotlight.



Turn off your spotlight.



Make a nice image

of the windows.



Make a nice picture

of the windows in front of you.



Look at that.

Look at that.



Oh, boy!




Still intact.



Very much intact.



Looks like the glass,



all the leaded glass,

it's all there.



It's not broken.



The first-class

dining room was beautiful.



Among the passengers who

ate here were John Jacob Astor



and his wife, Madeline,

who were on their honeymoon.



She would be widowed

before the end of the voyage.



We are not in Kansas anymore.



I think you got a friend.




There's Sam.



Sam stopped by to say hello.



He's giving us the tour.



"Follow me," he says.



It's like a fantasy

in here, isn't it?



The craftsmanship.

The delicate beauty.



That human hands created

these windows,



that human eyes looked

at these windows.



And then you realize



that you're        feet

beneath the sea.



Oh, look at that woodwork.



That's all wood, Genya.

That's all carved wood.



But these things created by man,



in this dark abyss,

where they just shouldn't be.



They're not supposed to be here.






Who would've thought

that would still be there?



It's the dream come true for me.



What's significant

about the reception room



is that this is where

Elizabeth Lines



overheard a conversation



between Captain Smith

and Bruce Ismay,



the owner of the "Titanic. "



And she heard Ismay

telling Smith



to have the "Titanic" arrive

in New York a day early.



I think we're going to beat

"Olympic's" time



and arrive in New York

Tuesday night.



We're holding

at the first-class entrance,



starboard side.



Isn't that beautiful?




It looks like it's just been

made more beautiful by time.



"Titanic's" main

first-class entrance



was on "D" deck.



And she had

two large gangway doors



on both the port

and the starboard side.



Through the eyes of the R. O.V.,



we could see the wrought-iron

gates just inside the doors,



which were unknown to historians

until this expedition.



We had no idea what was inside,

and now we know.



This is the way

they boarded the ship.



They came in through that door,

and then this inner door.



And in this entrance vestibule,



there was a large sideboard

against the aft wall



where lots of first-class china

was stored.



The dish cabinet

had more or less rotted away.



But you could see the teacups

and the little dishes



stacked perfectly there.



I wish I had those dishes,

you know?



Give it up on eBay.



There's the elevators.






There's the shaft.



Look at that.



I thought they called them

"lifts," but you know what?



The ship was owned

by an American company.






Like you could

just call them now.



Whenever you're

looking at the elevator grilles,



try to remember to turn

and look forward and see.



There may still be paneling

right amidships,



and there will be

brass letters that say



"A" deck, "B" deck,

"C" deck, or "D" deck.



When you come out

of the elevators.



Most likely that paneling

is down. But you never know.



That would be a classic shot



to have that lettering

still clinging.



Ken loves this stuff.



I feel like I'm making a film

for one person. Ken Marschall.



And there it is.

Bingo, baby.



- Tell him "bingo. "




The "A" had recently

fallen from its own weight.



That brass letter was heavier

than the "D," "E," "C," "K."



Okay. I see where we are.

We just peeked into "D"   .



We were methodical

exploring the interior.



We had to be because the wreck

can be very disorienting.



It was spooky.



"D"    was the cabin



of Henry Sleeper Harper

and his wife.



Sitting on the remains

of the wardrobe cabinet



is Henry Harper's bowler hat.



Just the idea

that we know whose it was.



Hey, look.

There's some kind of glass.



Maybe a mirror.

Let's see if that's a mirror.



It is.

We're gonna go see ourselves.



"A"    was occupied

by Edith Russell.



Before getting into a lifeboat,



she went back to her cabin

to lock her    trunks



because she didn't trust

the stewards onboard.



Jim was looking

for Molly Brown's stateroom.



We had a good idea

where that stateroom would be.



And he was searching

for a forward-facing window.



The R. O.V. Is narrow enough

to scoot through that.



And I saw there was jagged glass

at the bottom of the windowsill.



That could sever the tether,

commit suicide.



Ken says we can do this.



It's a gamble.



Don't do it.

Don't do it.



You're gonna be laying your

tether right across the glass.



There he goes.

He's in there.



That's what I'm talking about.



Okay, now that you're in,

it's not that bad of an idea.



That's not a brass bed.

That's a wooden bed.



It's kind of creepy.



I don't know.



Molly Brown said

she was in a brass bed.



I don't see a brass bed.



Molly Brown was a character.



She and her husband had made

their fortune mining out west.



And she was desperate

to be accepted by high society.



The "Titanic" tragedy

made her a legend.



Uh, Genya?






Um, I need to pee.



I don't think I can hold it

much longer.



- No problem.

- Okay.



For me, personally,



I've always been kind of

a nervous, you know, pisser.



I need a little privacy.



But when you got to go

and you're   /  miles down,



you got to go.



It's okay?



Um, I'll turn around.



- Can you turn around?

- Okay.



Thank you.

Thank you.



Let's see here.



Point your lights

straight into "A" deck.



My God.

Look at that.



Look at that, Tolya.



A brass bed sitting

right in there.



Maybe Molly Brown did stay

in a brass bed.



But which one?



They've built

bigger ships since "Titanic,"



but I don't know that they'll

ever build one as luxurious.



And even now,



after    years of laying

on the bottom of the ocean,



its beauty came to light.




We're in.



Okay. Tell them

we're in the promenade.



Jake's in the promenade.



We did get into one

of the millionaire suites



on "B" deck.



Private promenade.



They call them

"private promenade. "



These were the fanciest, most

expensive lodgings on the ship.



And in April     



you would have paid over $     

to book your passage.



This must be some of the facing.



Yeah, it's some

of the Tudor facing.



We are in the room.



Jake's in the room.



This is Bruce Ismay's suite.



This is the guy

that left the ship



with       people still onboard.



Ooh, that's a beauty.



We are in the sitting room,

looking at the fireplace.



Isn't that amazing? That

ribbon design is still there.



These little touches

of elegance.



You can almost feel the hands

of the guy that made that.



J. Bruce Ismay



was managing director

of the White Star Line,



and he vetoed the idea

of having    lifeboats.



He felt fewer would be fine,



that as long as they met

the law, they were okay.



It is Smith's bathtub.



Oh, Captain Smith.






The captain of the "Titanic"



used to take his baths

right there.



His little pink butt

sitting right there in the tub.



Captain Smith was called

"the millionaire's captain"



because he was so popular

with the first-class passengers.



   years at sea.

Perfect record.



This voyage was to be

his crowning achievement.



He was going to take

the biggest, most beautiful ship



across the ocean on her

maiden voyage and then retire.



I n archeology,



we carry these ghosts

of the imagination with us.



And I was kind of imagining



Thomas Andrews

out there on the deck.



Thomas Andrews

was managing director



and president of

Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders.



He designed and built the

"Titanic" from the ground up.



He knew the ship better

than anyone.



He put davits on the ship

that were designed



to take a lifeboat from here

and lift it outward



and then go inward

and pick up a second lifeboat



in a second position and go out.



I n his own hand,



in his notebook,

he has the number of lifeboats



that are supposed to go on the

ship that he designed it for.



He was overruled



and forced to comply

only to the minimum



of the Board of Trade




Andrews cared

about the ship and crew



and was onboard to make

last-minute improvements



and make sure

everything ran smoothly.



If only there were

a way to let him see



these submersibles sending

these incredible robots



into his creation.



Move a little right

to avoid the arm.



There you go.




We're good.

We're coming out.



It's coming out, folks.



- Okay. Ease it forward.

- Okay.



We explored

all three forward cargo hatches



and made it into several crew

and third-class spaces



that had never even been

photographed before.



Is that the "D" deck?



I think so.




I think you're right.



All right. That's it.

There's the other hatch.



So just ease on in there.

Ease it on in there.




Here's our stairwell.



It should go right up to it.



So we got into third class.



We were in the general room

in the bow under the well deck.



There wasn't a lot of detail

in this room,



because it was never

a well-decorated room.



The bar at one end that

still had the little tap there.



There were table bases

still there in place.



The tables and bench bases

rising up from the floor.



It was neat to see those.



That's a very big table.



The place where they all ate.



They would've sat here

and played cards.



This was where

there was a party held



by many of the third-class

passengers on Sunday night.



And it really was moving

to be able see this room



where so many of them spent

their last few happy hours.



There was a brand-new

Renault, beautiful car,



that was strapped down

in the cargo hold.



And we have some fairly good

historical projections



of what it would look like now.



Going from "F" deck

to "G" deck.



A solid hatch cover,

as advertised.



But it's open.



And it would be

barely recognizable as a car.



Only a few items would show up

recognizable as a vehicle.



We were on "G" deck.

We went through the hatch cover.



We are now on the orlop deck.




You are.



Tilt up,

and you'll see the car.



Tilt up, and we see some gak.



I see some light back there.






Maybe that is the car.



It is.



- I think that's the car.

- It is.



It's the car.









It can't be that easy.



It is.



I don't think that's the car.



I think we're seeing cars.



- Shiny piece of...

- Oh, my God.



I'm thinking...



That looks like wheel.



Jim, that's a fender.



I don't care what planet you're

on, that's a tire and fender.



This is headlight.



We're seeing cars, boy.



All right,

the best thing to do



now that we're here

is to just look everywhere.



There's a car.



That's a car.



No, those are...

That's a trunk right there.



Wicker trunk.



That's a tire.



There were some pretty

interesting-looking structures,



obviously man-made stuff,



but nothing clearly

identifiable as a car.



Yeah, we should be able to get

all the way forward.



- Are you in?

- Yes.



Oh, baby.



That's awesome.

Oh, dude, this is so cool!



Count doors on the right. That's

how we'll orient ourselves.



There should be

two doors side by side.



The first door should take you

into the firemen's mess.



You want to go in there?






That's definitely

the firemen's mess.



Oh, look at that.

Table after table.



You can see the bow tapering in.






Shape of the ship.



You can imagine exactly

what this place looked like.



The firemen were segregated



from the rest of the crew,



probably because they had

the dirtiest job.



So their quarters

are in the tip of the bow.



They had two staircases,



which took them

to the very bottom of the ship



and to the boiler rooms.



Imagine spiraling your way down



to the furnaces

of this hungry leviathan



to join hundreds of men

shoveling coal



into the gaping maws

of the boilers.



That's kind of spooky.



And when you finish your shift

hours later,



you climb back up into

your little world below decks



at the very bow of the ship,

where you eat, you sleep,



then you do it all over again.



Even here, we could feel

the hand of Thomas Andrews.



At the top of one

of the spiral staircases,



we found a drinking fountain.



I'm sure that even

this small kindness



must have been

greatly appreciated.



Here we've got a plan

that illustrates pretty well



what happened that night.



The "Titanic" was divided into

   watertight compartments



separated by

   watertight bulkheads.



That's these white lines here.



And the ship was designed to be

as unsinkable as they could.



The worst they could imagine

is a collision



at the juncture

of two compartments,



which would flood

two adjacent compartments.



The ship would only sink so far

and still be safe.



She was also designed to float



with any three of the first five

compartments flooded.



Or the first four in a row

could still flood



if they were in some




That was

the worst-case scenario.



Run into a rock or something

like that, just full-on.



She'd buckle back,

and the ship could still float.



With all of this combination

of safety factors,



she was considered

virtually unsinkable.



What they didn't envision

is what happened that night.



"Titanic" struck the iceberg,



a glancing blow

along the starboard side,



scraped along and ruptured

plates or split the seams,



moving along into

this cargo compartment,



into this cargo compartment,

and this baggage and cargo,



into Boiler Room Number  



and two feet

into the coal bunker



of Boiler Room Number  .



And as the ship sank,



just at the point where it was

about ready to stabilize,



it reached the top of this

watertight subdivision,



and started flowing up

the stairways, across the deck



and down into

the next compartment.



It was just

a mathematical certainty.



There was no way,

no matter how you slice it,



that the ship

is going to make it.



So where exactly did it split?



Well, it broke in two

right back here.



Just right about at

the third funnel and after that.



There's a natural weak spot

here in the hull



right above

the reciprocating engine room.



There is a large air shaft here

for light and air



to ventilate

the reciprocating engine room.



My God.



What that must have

sounded like, looked like.



What that must have been like.



What a deathblow

to this great ship.



Imagine the vortex to create

that kind of twisting.



That's what gets me.



Seeing the end of the stern

piece, and seeing how...



Can't you just see one

of those fish swimming along?



And then...



And you know

what the fish would've done?



"Whoa," you know?






Our best shot is probably

of the reciprocating engines



on the starboard side, right?



That's the guts of it.



Starboard side.



Sometimes I see him

come here and come up.




That's good.



- Good.

- Like that.



And I lose, sometimes, good

shots when Victor stays here.






But the thing is

that Victor can't face us.



He can't, otherwise his lights

will hit the camera.



He has to be above

with the lights down,



or like this.




Maybe here.



So sort of this.

This sort of thing.



See, if the water is clear,

that'll make a good shot.



The engine room,

where those guys were fighting



to keep that thing alive.



They were "Titanic. "

They knew it was dying.



They didn't die

with a brandy glass in hand.



They died with a monkey wrench,

trying to stop the bleeding.



That is the starboard engine.



Look at that.



Oh, man!



Look at the size of that thing.



Okay, keep panning, because I'm

gonna be coming around this way.



Oh, man.



It does give you the scale,

seeing that little bot



next to that giant sphinx

of an engine.



When you see the stern

section where it tore in half,



and there are

the two reciprocating engines



standing four stories high,



they really do look like

these twin sphinxes



that are guarding

the forbidden tomb.



When the historians

look at "Titanic,"



they think of the lives

that were lost.



When I look at the ship

as a scientist,



I look at the life

that still is on "Titanic. "



"Titanic" is very much alive.



Rusticles are bacteria...

microscopic organisms, bugs...



that are actually eating

the steel



and the insides of the ship.



I look at a rail and think,

"Oh, look at the bacteria.



They're breaking 'Titanic' down

and taking her back to nature. "



But then you immediately

go back and think,



"Who touched this railing last?"



Helen Candee is one

of my favorite passengers.



She had written one of the

century's first best sellers.



Basically, the theme being



how a woman can get along

in life successfully



without a man.



And that's how she was traveling

first-class on the "Titanic. "



And on the very last sunrise



that the "Titanic"

would ever see,



she snuck out

to the very point of the bow



just to greet the sunrise alone.



And she wrote about it



and how she felt the power

and the beauty of this ship



and that it was stronger

than nature itself,



maybe even stronger

than God itself.



And then, suddenly,

she felt very darkened,



as if she had thought

something sacrilegious.



Mmm. It's good.

What's in borscht?



That's good borscht.



- Borscht in Russian.

- What is in borscht?






Cabbage, potatoes, bouillon.



Everybody eat borscht.



Anatoly has a song

that he wrote



about the blue sky that you see



when you return to the surface

and the hatch opens.



And I think that's very apropos,

because it's something



that you didn't think

you would miss, but you do.



It's very difficult to wander

through the "Keldysh"



and not think of the "Titanic"

and draw some parallel.



You know, what would've happened

if the engineers



hadn't stayed at their station



when the "Titanic" had gone

dark, say, an hour earlier?



It would have been

absolute pandemonium.



I became very close with the men

in the engineering section.



It's quieter in here.

Hello, my friends!



There wasn't a lot said.



But there was still very much

a bonding that went on.



Tell me.



If we were going

full speed, okay,



and all of a sudden,

the bridge said, "Iceberg!"



Or "Drunken fishing-boat captain

in our way!"



And they ring alarm,

what do you do?






Full speed.



The engines all stop?












Anatoly! Dal Dal



On our last dive to "Titanic,"



we found

some interesting organisms.



- Inside, yeah?

- Yes, inside the ship.



It almost has wings.



See the wings that are flying?



The oddest creature

that was seen down there



was something

we call the batwing.



And to my knowledge,

nobody has identified it yet.



Several creatures down there



that I don't think

are known to science.






because there is

so much interest in it,



has really allowed us to do

a great deal of research.



You could actually see



gelatinous-type clouds

of bacteria as they floated by



and fingerlike structures



that were hanging

from the ceilings.




with this woodwork,



we'll see these lavender worms.



Shimmery, strange things,

almost transparent sometimes.



And they particularly like

the mahogany paneling.



Let's go up to him.



Even the fish don't

look like the same rattails



that are found outside.



To me, they appear to live

exclusively inside the ship.



He's heading for

the elevator shaft.



Hey, he knows

where he's going.



Wow. I can't believe it.



I didn't think I'd see

the boilers on this dive.



I had no idea



we were approaching the bow

from this angle.



We're awful close to this stuff.



"Mir- " you got

a steam pipe above you.



Be careful.



- It's safe to be this close?

- What are you worried about?



If something happens to us, your

artwork will be worth millions.



Oh, great.

That'll do me a lot of good.



I see a real shiny thing

straight ahead.



Oh, these are whistles, Genya.

Whistles from the funnel.



Oh, my goodness.

Right under me.



Ooh, look at this.

What is that, Genya?






Like a hatch cover.

It's a hatch cover, I think.






I don't think we've ever seen

a hatch cover.



I saw it earlier.




So that's Hatch One.



It got blown off

when the ship hit the bottom.



It's just blown right out here

in front of the ship.



Oh, my God.



- What? What?

- Here's a glass carafe.



- Oh, look at that.

- Unbelievable.



Can you believe it survived?



That's a first-class




- Water decanter.

- Yeah.



I was pretty calm going down.



As a matter of fact, we saw,

in my porthole,



there was this woman's shoe.



It was perfectly preserved.



And it was laced up.



You know, I was just like,

"Oh, my God. "



That's somebody's grave marker.



That's the only grave marker

they have.



You see now that we are coming

to the davit.




Davit Number One.



This was Lifeboat One,



where Sir Cosmo and

Lady Duff Gordon had escaped



with only    other people



in a lifeboat that could have

held two dozen more.



The law of the sea

is women and children first



when you go to evacuate a ship.



For the time being,



I shall require

only women and children.



On the port side of the

ship, Second Officer Lightoller



took it to mean

women and children only,



and he only let women

and children into the boats,



and then as few crewmen

as possible to navigate it.



Please! Daddy!



Don't you worry.



Working on the other

side, here's Murdoch,



getting the boats in the water

as quick as he can,



shoving men, women, children,

first-class, third-class.



He didn't care.



- May I get in the boat?

- I wish you would.



Yes, ma'am.

I n you go.



Lower away!



Almost  /  of everyone

who survived



have Murdoch to thank for it.



Moving into the "A" deck

promenade with the R. O.V.,



it really looked familiar.



A long, sweeping, open deck.

Half of it was open.



The forward end was enclosed

by large glass windows.



This is right where

they walked, you know?



John Jacob Astor put

Madeline Astor into the lifeboat



right through one

of those windows right there.



Because she was pregnant,



he asked

Second Officer Lightoller...



May I accompany my wife?



No, sir.

Women and children only.



Come on.



Here, darling.

Take these.



And so he told her

he'd be seeing her in New York.



No, sir.

Step aside.



I've been thinking about

my family a lot being out here,



and we're going on these dives.



There's an element

of risk involved.



It's a calculated risk.



But I think the idea

of suddenly being on the deck



and saying, "I love you,"

you know,



and trying to bear up.



"Now, just go in the lifeboats.



Daddy will be along

in a little while. "



That's just torturous.



Trying to make your family

think that it's okay.



You're just keeping up

a brave face.






Also, it's the question

of personal character



that you keep going back to.



For me, ever since

I was a teenager,



the whole idea

is the question of,



how would I have beared up?



Would I have had the character

to stand back



and shown that kind of nobility,

shown that kind of courage?



And as we romanticize

the image of "Titanic,"



and it's such a romantic time

and everything,



you want to put yourself



with the men

standing there with dignity.



But you really can't assume



what your character would be

in that moment



unless you've been through

that kind of thing.






You see the doors,

the entrance to first class?




That's the entrance.



This is where the band played.

This open area right here.



The orchestra

would have gathered,



and they started playing




You think of the band in

terms of how heroic they were.



They played,

knowing that everyone else



was getting into a lifeboat

except them.



But how calming

that band music was



to the people who were onboard.






This right over here

should be the Marconi Room.



Everyone knows

the important role



that the Marconi Wireless played

that night.



Senior Marconi Wireless Operator

Jack Phillips



and Junior Operator

Harold Bride worked in tandem



until the very end.



You should try S. O. S.

It's the new signal.



Yes, it might be

our last chance to use it.



During the final moments

of the sinking,



the ship's power

was becoming unstable.



Harold Bride

was in the Silent Room,



trying to compensate

for this loss of power.



To our great astonishment

are the handles,



the settings still visible

on these two field regulators.



They are in the final settings

that this man manipulated.



Hey, that's better!



They have the human touch

to them.






Pull together!



Many of the boats

had been launched half-full.



Return to the ship!



- Boat  ! Return.

- We need to go back!






It's our lives now.

Now, row!



The suction will pull us down

if we don't keep going.



"Titanic" was

a stage where God says,



"You have   /  hours to

act out the rest of your life.



What are you gonna be?



Will you be a hero?

Will you be a coward?"



Time for one more hand.



Poker. Five card draw.



Would you fight to survive?



Would you take your place

meekly with the people



that were relegated

to the third-class spaces



and wait patiently

until someone unlocks a gate



and lets you free?



- Help us!

- What would you do?



- Please!

- How would you act?



I think it's fortunate

that most of us



will never be put to that test.



Any more women or children?



Anyone else, men?

Anyone else?




Quickly, men, quickly!



Prepare to lower!

Ready on the left?



Bruce Ismay.



He's the guy

who was responsible.



And yet he did survive,

when others died.



Right and left together!



I don't know which man

would've felt worse that night.



Bruce Ismay,

for vetoing more lifeboats,



or Thomas Andrews,



for not having fought

that decision harder.



There was

absolute pandemonium,



just chaos as those

last boats went down.



Get back, I say!



Get back!

Link arms! Form a chain!



Women and children only,




It was precarious.



There was one lifeboat where

they weren't letting adults in.



This forced women to decide



whether they were gonna be

separated from their children.



They were trying to take

children only.



There were so many people

and a few lifeboats.



Several women said, " I am not

going without my children.



They're not leaving without me. "



They overcrowded that lifeboat,



but the water was so calm,

it made it.



It had over    people,

but the water was calm enough.



It must have been up

to the gunwales.



It was that far above the water.



You could've put your hand over

and trailed it in the water.



At the very end,



Murdoch was trying to get

collapsible "A" off the roof



while the ship

was sinking out from under it.



Get back!

Get back!



Step away!

Get back!



Crank this down there, men!



They cranked the davits in



to drag the collapsible

over the side.



But by then, it was too late.



The number-one davit remains

in that cranked-in position,



an unspoken monument



to Murdoch's dedication

and heroism.



After the lifeboats had gone,



we have evidence of some

third-class passengers



just going back to their cabins.



They had no hope of surviving,

and they took it gracefully.



To me, it must have been tough

for the people who survived,



knowing they could have possibly

gone back



and rescued some of the people

in the water



once the ship had gone under.



To go in there

would have been suicide



and nothing less.



We've got       people

in the water



all screaming for help,

fighting for their lives.



You could easily have




trying to climb onboard at once.



They're sitting

in a lifeboat, safe.



To not row back or to have that

not in your mind,



I can't believe that

of somebody.



How safe are you in a lifeboat



in the middle

of the North Atlantic?



"Titanic" is that thing



you always try to

measure yourself against.



"What would I have done if I

would have been on the deck?"



Heroism and character



will always be the domain of

the individual, not the group.



That's what will never change.



On one of the later dives,



Jim decided to go back into the

first-class spaces on "D" deck



and have "Mir- " shine lights



through those leaded-glass

windows from the outside.



- Getting ready?

- Yes.



Here comes the light.









Not since April        



had human eyes seen light



pouring through

these beautiful windows.



A lot of the washstands

have fallen over,



yet here was one

that was still upright.



And so someone took

a drink of water,



set that glass down,

and walked out of that room,



and    years later, that glass

and that carafe are still there.



I n the middle of this,

you see this perfect object.



It really ties you

to the people.



It does.



You still see things



where people had last left them.



Lamps still plugged in.



The medicine bottles

still in place.



It's the things people touched



that bring the pictures alive

in your mind.



So we're looking at it

right here, like this.



I need more power.



Come on, baby.

React, react, react.



- We have a problem.

- What?



We got

a low-battery warning here.



Whoa, there's something

really terribly wrong here.




Are we gonna lose this thing?



Oh, Jesus.



- Did we crash?

- We're dead. We're dead.



We're dead and buoyant.



Drop it. Drop it.

Buoyancy right now.



- Easy, easy, easy.

- Battery is starting to die.



Oh, we're not gonna live.



Guys, get a visual on us,

because we just lost power.



You're headed

for the ceiling.



You're sitting

on the ceiling, Jim.



We're dead in the water.

We have a dead battery.



We're watching you.

We're gonna sit and watch you.



The whole thing

was melting down.



The batteries, they

were melting down and venting.



It was very bizarre.



It was like,

"Houston, we have a problem. "



They flew beautifully

right up until the point



that we had an absolute, total

major-malfunction system crash.



I've had a debate with myself



as to whether I would

even ever try a rescue,



because better to lose one

than two.



It's almost a straight shot,



except there's a couple

of columns in the way.



I think there's a way

to bring it back.



Yeah, it's not too far

from the stairwell.






But the first thing we got to do

is get some weight on it.



The weight with a piece

of Velcro on top.



I want to fly up underneath it



and stick the weight

to the bottom,



sink it to the floor,



then come up, dock with it

and carry it out.



That's the only way to do it.



Let me know

if I'm going too fast.



We had to rescue Elwood,



not just because these bots

are expensive,



but because,

in some strange way,



he'd become part of the crew.



Oh, where, oh, where

is my little bot now?



Look up.

Look up.



Hello, Elwood.



We tried to

attach weights to the R. O.V.



To make it come down

off the ceiling.



If I can just go forward.



What the hell was that?



Something fell.

I don't know.



See, we're thrusting

up against it,



so it may not come down

right away.



All right, so let me get set

for the separation maneuver.



It's on there.



It's on there.

We have it.



I'm gonna have to get out

of this no matter what.




we're not coming home.



I'm going out.






Link error.



We lost...



It's gonna come past us

in a second.



We might as well get it on tape.



Here she comes.



Say goodbye.



Probably two hours

without radio contact from Jim.



All we hear over the radio is...



Say goodbye to Jake.



"Say goodbye to Jake"?



What's happened?



Hit our own tether.



Cable broke.



I can't imagine

what it was like in Jim's sub.



He goes through

a range of emotions.



He loses one robot.

Then he loses a second robot.



Well, we got

our ceiling scenario,



and we got our kite scenario.



The two ways we thought we could

actually lose these things.



And after a quick exchange,



we noticed the tether

coming up past our sub.



Genya grabs the joysticks that

control the sub manipulators.



And he grabs the tether

and starts winding the tether up



around the arms

of the manipulators.



This is scary.

See what he's doing?



If he breaks it

before he gets a wrap on it...



Oh, my God.

I can't watch this.



You're scaring me now, Genya.



To wind up this tether,

it took       minutes



of the same motion

over and over and over,



winding this up.




that we've been at this.



- Hey!

- Let's see it.



I thought it was on the ground.



You got him.

All stop. All stop.



Our next task

is to take a Velcro patch



and slap it on top of the robot



with the manipulator arms

and pull the robot in that way.



- You got him.

- Still got it.



As Genya is pulling up on it,



the Velcro rips off the robot,

and for this brief second,



the entire robot was free

and starts floating back up.



There's no tether holding it.



It's free. Grab it.

Grab it any way you can.



Genya, the most amazing operator

of any machinery



I've ever seen in my life,

grabbed these manipulators.



He pulls it back in

and hugs it tight to the "Mir. "



I'm going gray over here.



I think he's got it

in that garage.



He's got the tool out.

I saw the tool. Yes!






Garage closed.



He lives another day!



Oh, my God!



I do believe

Genya deserves a raise.



I do believe you owe

everybody here a beer.



Dude, I'll buy you a brewery.



That was incredible.

That was absolutely incredible.



The R. O.V. Department

was almost out of a job.



Was that amazing?



That was the most amazing

thing I've ever seen.



I think I aged a year.



And we sat there,

and we just watched him



just fly up

out of the grand staircase



and keep on going.



Genya wound it all in like

a kid winding up a kite string.



Great job, man.

Good job.



So we got the rescue half done.



We installed the weight,

and then we had a problem.



We saw it with the weight

hanging on it.



I don't know

if it came down or not.



I think metal hooks would work

if you get a fishing lure



that you can stab

into the screen



and pull it out by the screen.



I told you we'd nab him.



Just remember,

when you hook up,



peel away to your right.



Come on, baby.



- We're in.

- We're in.



- I n?

- We're in.



Now I'm gonna sit for a minute.



Take a little break.



Very good.

Excellent. Excellent.



We're halfway.



There's nothing in front of him.



Push him a little bit,

and I think we busted loose.



- Hooks pulled out.

- Put him in the cage.



Hooks pulled out.



And I think

we knocked him off his weight.



Yeah, the weight would've

come off anyway, though.



All right.



The question is,

do we have another try?



Something's right over me.



Oh, there we go.

Got rid of that.



Now we're rising.



All right.

Time to go for the kill.




Not the center.



We could bend our hooks

on the...



Oh, that looked good.



Push him a little bit,

then all back full, yaw right.



The hooks still there?






It looks good.



Let's go for a drive

and see if he comes with us.



Oh, I'm yawing in a weird way,

so that must mean I have him,



so I'm just gonna

keep playing him.



I'm gonna play the hand.



I think the door is down there.

Tell him we're here.



"Mir- " we see the door.

We're on station.



There's the light.



Tell them we see them.



"Mir- " "Mir- "

we see your lights.



Maintain position.



- All right.

- There's the way out.



Hanging up.



I'm hung up.

We're stopped.



And we're stuck.



See it?

It's like hitting a wall.



We are hung up solid.

Absolutely solid.






I think we lost it.



I don't know what to do.



I'm sure nothing's changed,

but we'll try it again.



Okay. I'm gonna back up,

take a little leash.



And then charge it.



Now we get to

the same spot, and...






- We're going.

You're going.



Go toward the light, Jake.

Go toward the light.



Oh, come on, baby.

Come on.



"Mir- " "Mir- "

tilt your light down.



Tilt your light down.



Copy that.

Tilting it down.



I keep feeling shocks.



I think I still have him.



Oh, that's why.

They're coming this way.



Tell them to take a visual on us

and see if we have Elwood.



- Look at that.

- Do you see Elwood?



Oh, my God.

He got it!



It looks great.

It's beautiful.



Do you see Elwood?

Do you see Elwood?



Yes, we do.



We got him.



We pulled it off, Daddy-O.









Great job.



Everybody did a great job.



Elwood is safe and sound.



And the time is  :   

September        .



See you later.



What's this thing

that's going on?



The worst terrorist attack

in history, Jim.



We all were wrapped up

in what we were doing



and thought it was important.



Hit by two separate

hijacked commercial jets...



And then this horrible event




and slammed us

into this perspective.






The morning after

the attack on September   th,



I kept thinking how trivial

this expedition suddenly became.



It just wasn't a big deal




The emotional

parallels came first.



We now understood

what it felt like



to be a witness to tragedy.



The sense of shock and numbness



and the disbelief that

the unthinkable has happened.



It does happen.




life sits on your head.



But, hey,

I've been knocked down before.



We all have.

We get up.



We go on.



I think

that's what makes us great.



Everyone decided

to continue the expedition.



I think that after we'd

gotten over the initial shock,



"Titanic" did seem to become

important again.



Not so much for itself,

but as a symbol



of what can happen

when warnings go unheeded



and how I think

we all hope to face death



when it comes.



Archie Frost was

in the engine room that night.



Just barely into his twenties



and had worked

with Thomas Andrews



when the ship was being built.



After a certain point, Andrews

had come down and told them,



"The ship does not have

much time to live,



and if you stay here,

you will die. "



Archie Frost said,



"We'll stay here as long

as we need to be here. "



Those are the everyday heroes.



The people

who ran those machines,



kept the generators running,



and kept power

for the telegraph going,



who kept the crowds calm.



You find the ordinary hero

that was standing next to you.



When you see the stern



where       people had died,



I don't really know

how to describe it.



You can't help

but be emotional.



There's no doubt

people were taken to the bottom



in the stern.



But they're no longer there.



Every trace

of their human existence



has been dissolved

into the ocean.



Okay, "Mir- ."



Get in position

to lay the plaque.



Jim, getting into

position to lay plaque.



"The      souls

lost here still speak,



reminding us always

that the unthinkable can happen



but for our vigilance, humility,

and compassion. "






We had been at sea a long time.



I was thinking about

being home again.



On the final day, as we left,



at the stern of the ship

was a white rainbow.



It was almost like a halo effect

over the wreck of the "Titanic. "



And it had an ethereal feel

to it.



I think you leave "Titanic,"

but it never leaves you.



It's always there.



And many times,

when I close my eyes,



I'm suddenly back there,

floating over the wreck,



and I feel like I am

a ghost of the abyss.


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