The undersea explorer who uncovered the Titanic’s wreck yesterday opened a new nautical attraction in Belfast.
Bob Ballard, responsible for discovering the sunken hulk in 1985, opened the Ocean Exploration Centre yesterday during a visit to the city.
The centre, located in a former gallery inside the Titanic building on Queen’s Island, aims to enlighten visitors on topics ranging from marine life to underwater archaeology.
It will also offer live videolinks during the year with Dr Ballard’s exploration vessel, E/V Nautilus, as it continues to rove through the seas.
An ex-US Navy officer, he said the new centre “adds to the legacy of Titanic. Indeed, it is a product of Titanic’s legacy; that great ship continues to educate us to this day and will continue to inspire our learning.”
Dr Ballard had also uncovered the wreck of the German battleship Bismarck, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.
When he had spoken to the News Letter in 2012, he scotched any speculation that the sinking of Titanic had been down to her design or build – and placed the entire blame for the disaster on her English captain.