Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who first discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, will travel more than two miles into the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to capture new images of what is left of the ship--to be put on display at a new Belfast visitor attraction.
Dr. Ballard will film the crushed stern area that broke apart from the ship when it sank in 1912, and the footage will be used in the Belfast's Titanic Signature Project.
The Titanic Signature Project (TSP) was identified as one of five key tourism signature projects for development to enhance the Northern Ireland tourism offering.
The TSP holds the development of a ‘must see’ visitor destination for the people of Belfast and visitors to the Irish Island. The TSP will fund a £97 million world-class visitor attraction, the Titanic Signature Building, according to Norther Ireland’s Tourist Board.
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The building will be located in the center of the Titanic Quarter and will open by 2012 displaying the history of the Titanic and shipbuilding in Belfast.
Live streamed pictures of all future submarine trips to the wreck will also be broadcast in the center starting April of 2012, when it opens its doors in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
Project manager Noel Molloy said the underwater photos would only be a small feature to be on display in the luxurious Titanic’s bow-modeled building.
The center will have nine galleries on display, that tell separate Titanic stories, making it an unforgettable experience for all visitors.