Woman pays Ksh 10million to visit RMS Titanic

Nairobi, April 20, RMS Titanic has been a subject of fascination since its unfortunate crash and sinking in the wee hours of April 15, 1912. Greater interest arose in 1985 when the wreckage was discovered. The ship was on its maiden voyage on that fateful night when the sea swallowed it to the depths of its floor.

A rare photo showing RMS Titanic shortly before beginning the ill-fated voyage

Whereas less than 200 people have been to the final resting place of RMS Titanic, Renata Rojas a 49-year-old New York banker and diving enthusiast may fulfill her childhood dreams. Rojas plans to visit the wreck of the famed shipwreck and has painstakingly saved monies to see her dream come true. It will cost her an estimated $105,000 to pay homage to the now protected historical site.

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A deep sea photo showing the bow section of RMS Titanic

OceanGate Expeditions is set to begin a series of deep sea trips to the RMS Titanic shipwreck beginning May 2018. The great depths have limited human explorations since only specialized submarines can withstand the hydro-pressure at the ocean floor, precisely 12,600 feet below the surface.

A shipwreck at the ocean floor

The soft furnishings may have long given away to decay and the salty waters may have slowly corroded the unbendable steel. Over 1,160 bodies may remain lost in the belly of the ocean. However, humanity has stubbornly held onto the memories of what is termed as “worst marine disaster of our time” that followed a collision with an iceberg.

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A painting by Frederic Edwin Church (1861) entitled ‘The Icebergs’

RMS Titanic is immortalized in a variety of art items with James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic being the most recognizable. The 1958 film A Night to Remember, however, is considered a more realistic portrayal of the events of that night.

The film ‘Titanic’ starring Jack and Rose

It is estimated that over 1,500 people lost their lives in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean that night. Among those who perished was the ship’s captain Edward Smith, members of the crew and passengers from all walks of life. Notably, 710 people survived the peril mostly by escaping aboard collapsible lifeboats. These survivors lived to tell the horrors at the sea of what would otherwise have been an incredible maiden voyage of the majestic RMS Titanic.

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