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Ship that was used to find the Titanic set for Mexico

By Staff Reporter

Published 17/03/2016

The Titanic
The Titanic

The ship used by Robert Ballard to find the wreck of the Titanic is to be handed over to the Mexican Navy, it has been reported.

The famous oceanographer used the research vessel Knorr to discover the location of the sunken White Star liner in the Atlantic in 1985.

The Belfast-built Titanic went down on its maiden voyage with the loss of 1,500 lives after hitting an iceberg in 1912.

It was found 13,000 feet down, 400 miles south of Newfoundland, using the Knorr's unmanned submersible, which was kitted out with sonar devices and cameras.

The 279ft long Knorr, which was owned by the US Navy, will continue its research role with Mexico.

The vessel, which was launched in 1968 and sailed more than a million miles, set sail for Mexico on Tuesday from Woods Hole in Cape Cod in heavy fog.

It was named in honour of Ernest R Knorr, a distinguished US Navy hydrographic engineer and cartographer, according to capecod.com.

It will be renamed the ARM Rio Tecolutia.

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