Belfast Telegraph

Leave wreckage as monument to dead, says famed director

By Cate McCurry

The Hollywood director behind the Oscar-winning movie Titanic said he strongly opposes cutting off and resurfacing sections of the doomed liner.

Film-maker and deep sea explorer James Cameron, said it would cost billions of pounds to raise the wreck.

The 'unsinkable' Belfast-built ship hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April, 1912.

More than 1,500 people perished in the disaster.

Mr Cameron, who first visited the Titanic wreck site in 1995 and has since made 33 dives over a 10-year period, also believes an international agreement between the US and the UK would help conserve and preserve the site.

"The feasibility of raising the wreck itself is pretty much zero unless one were to throw enough money at the problem to start a colony on Mars," Mr Cameron said.

"We're talking billions of dollars here, it's a very daunting task working two miles under the surface of the ocean.

"What is feasible is cutting big chunks off the wreck, for example taking the iconic bow section which I featured in the film.

"They could cut that off and bring a big chunk to the surface leaving behind a horrible disfigured piece of wreckage.

"The wreck is deteriorating, as one would expect, and the rust forms part of a bacterial colony, there is a strange beauty to the wreck."

The movie-maker said that it would take another 500 years for the Titanic to collapse into an unrecognisable mound of rust.

"My feeling is it serves a greater purpose in situ, as a monument, and as a gravesite," he added.

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