It’s been a day since rescue teams searched for five passengers who went missing in the North Atlantic during an expedition to the Titanic shipwreck.
London-born Hamish Harding is aboard the lost Titanic submarine alongside Stockton Rush, Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman.
So, what did these brave passengers hope to see at the historic shipwreck as they braved the “worst winter” seen in Newfoundland, Canada, in the last 40 years?
Although 111 years have passed since it sank, today researchers continue to make new discoveries on the Titanic – whether it be a megalodon shark tooth necklace or 1200 teapots.
Here, MailOnline has compiled a list of five priceless artifacts the crew may have hoped to see on the historic liner.
London-born Hamish Harding is aboard the lost submarine Titanic in the North Atlantic
Rescue teams continue the search for the missing tourist vessel
Although 111 years have passed since it sank, experts are still making discoveries on the Titanic
1. Gold chain with a megalodon shark tooth
The Explorers Club, of which Mr Harding was a member, said the 58-year-old “looks forward to conducting research at the site”.
And perhaps new discoveries like this have been the reason.
Earlier this month, an unusual necklace was revealed in new footage from the Titanic’s wreckage.
The jewelry features the tooth of megalodon – an extinct species of shark that was one of the largest fish that ever existed.
Estimates suggest it could grow up to 18 meters long, which is three times longer than the largest great white shark on record, according to the Natural history museum.
The stunning artifact was identified in images captured last summer by Guernsey-based firm Magellan Ltd, which also produced thousands of still images to create amazing 3D digital scans of the wreck.
Other objects around the necklace have not yet been identified, although it appears to be near a collection of beads.
Richard Parkinson, director of Magellan, described the find as “astonishing, beautiful and breathtaking.”
“We found a megalodon tooth formed into a necklace — it’s incredible, it’s absolutely incredible,” he said. ITV news.
The company now plans to use artificial intelligence to identify the necklace’s owners, among numerous other objects, without recovering it from the ocean.
From paintings to cars and even several pianos, here are some of the Titanic’s lost material treasures
Deep-sea mapping company Magellan Ltd says the necklace is made from the tooth of a megalodon shark with gold built into it
The teeth of the extinct megalodon – one of the largest fish to have ever existed – are known to be over seven inches long. The chain is circled in red here
2. Five Steinway Pianos
Steinway & Sons has been selling some of the world’s most expensive pianos for some 170 years.
These pianos have been auctioned for thousands – and sometimes millions – of pounds and have been owned by an elite group of celebrities, from 20th century pianist Arthur Rubinstein to Billy Joel.
But the New York-based company also fell victim to the Titanic disaster, losing five Steinways on that fateful day in 1912.
These pianos were transported all the way from Hamburg to the ship in mid-March of that year, intended for those on board.
Three Steinways are specially tailored for first class passengers, with uniquely distinctive sound and breathtaking looks.
Still, the other two were considered to be of exceptional quality, with a classic 20th-century look.
David R. Kirkland, a customer service administrator for Steinway & Sons in Long Island City, said, “The pianos were firmly attached to the ship’s floors.
“When the Titanic sank, the piano’s keys, hammers, and hinged parts got stuck because of the buoyancy of the wood.
‘Although adhesives dissolve and metals corrode, there are probably remnants bearing the name Steinway & Sons on the ocean floor among the wreckage.
“I believe it’s inevitable that something will come up one day.”
Steinway & Sons has been selling some of the world’s most expensive pianos for some 170 years
3. La Circassienne au Bain painting
The 1814 painting ‘La Circassienne au Bain’ is said to have been one of the most expensive items to go down with the ship.
Painted by French artist Merry-Joseph Blondel, the stunning artwork depicted a young nude woman bathed in classical antiquity decor.
Although it received mixed reviews from critics, it was valued at $100,000 (£78,207), which is about $3 million (£2.3 million) today, according to Artnet.
Tammy Ellis, a history teacher who specializes in 20th century work, told MailOnline: “Unlike the names Monet and Picasso (both of which appear erroneously in the 1997 James Cameron film about the famous sinking), most people today would struggle to identify the name of the then highly successful 19th-century French artist Merry- Joseph Blondel.
A faithful replica of the painting by John Parker of ‘La Circassienne au Bain’. The original has been lost to history
‘Against a background of dense vegetation and classical architecture, a lonely and life-size naked woman is about to enter her bath; she does not know that it will be her destiny to be forever submerged in the waters of the North Atlantic.’
4. Pink diamond
On January 16, 1913, The New York Times claimed Titanic survivors had demanded a total of $6m (£4.6m) in compensation for lost property.
Jewellery, luggage and even dogs were among these, alongside a $20,000 (£15,640) pink diamond.
These gems are extremely rare in any size and can be sold for $50m (£39m) in some cases today.
The “six 7-16 carats” Titanic diamond belonged to Mrs. Charlotte M Cardeza of Pennsylvania.
It is believed she was a first-class passenger and claimed a total of $226,759 (£177,352) for her lost belongings.
This also included a ‘Burma ruby’ with two diamonds worth $14,000 (£10,949) and a bar of soap worth $1.75 (£1.37).
Pictured: A pink diamond called ‘The Eternal Pink’ that was auctioned for more than $35 million in March this year in New York
A vintage Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville also sank with the historic ship 111 years ago
5. Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville
You may recognize this 1912 vintage Renault from the Titanic movie – another artifact that sank along with the ship.
The Volvo Museum in Illinois believes this car was brought on board by a man named William Carter who actually survived the tragedy and filed a claim for damages.
As of now, this is the only known car that was on the historic ship when it sank.
The museum said: ‘While some accounts suggest the Renault was shipped in a crate in the forward part of the ship, which is still relatively intact on the seabed, it is uncertain whether the car can still be salvaged after a century of submersion. in salt water.
“Nevertheless, the Renault remains an important piece of Titanic history and an enduring symbol of the tragedy.”
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More than 100 years after she sank while crossing the Atlantic on her maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic is still widely regarded as the most famous ship in history.
The luxury ocean liner — owned and operated by British company White Star Line — tragically sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg, killing an estimated 1,517 of the 2,224 people on board.
Her remains now lie on the sea floor about 350 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
‘The most horrible disaster in naval history’: The Titanic is depicted in this sketch among the icebergs prior to its sinking
However, the delicate wreck deteriorates so quickly underwater that it could completely disappear within 40 years.
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