Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Man Whom Discovered It All
Robert Ballard was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 30, 1942. When he was around 5, his family moved to Pacific Beach, San Diego California where he became fascinated with marine life. He went to college in Santa Barbra and then transferred to Hawaii. He married a girl whom he had fallen in love with in high school. He soon became an oceanographer in California for a few years until he was drafted into the army and was transferred to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. There, he discovered vents and white tubes in one of the earth's Teutonic Plates. He became a celebrity but one thing still bugged that he dreamed about since he was a boy; finding the TITANIC. Years later, he got his chance when he was hired to lead an expedition to find the U.S.S. Scorpion which was sunk in WW2. After finding the Scorpion, he went to find the Titanic using the time he had left. He used sonar for 2 weeks until around two in the morning, when the Titanic's boiler appeared in the exact form as in one of the photos of it. Soon, they came upon the wreck itself. A year later, they returned to the wreck with a submarine and a robot eye called Jason Jr. They found the wreck in 2 pieces and many pieces of debris. Robert Ballard is today, opposing the raising up of pieces of the wreck. Robert Ballard also discovered the Bismark, Britannic, Isis (ancient roman ship), and many others. He still works at Woods Hole today.
Click HERE to learn about the place where they first discovered Titanic.