Tuesday, May 5, 2009
In Memory of a Titanic Explorer
Ralph B. White award winning cinematographer and Titanic explorer, died on February 4, 2008. He was with Dr. Robert Ballard when he discovered the wreck in 1985 and he was in the IMAX movie Titanica, where they went down and recovered artifacts. He also went down to the wreck when an expedition was sent by the History Channel to figure out how the Titanic broke in two. In searching for more evidence, he went down to the sister ship Britannic for comparisons (which by the way, Simon Mills owner of the Britannic is making arrangements to open it up for an underwater museum). He has made 35 dives in all to the Titanic. In 1996, he helped with the lighting on the submersibles when James Cameron went down to the wreck for his movie (which led James Cameron to be able to go deeper into the ship than anyone and explore the Reception Room on D Deck). He also did many other things at sea like swim with sharks, dive in the Arctic to a 153 year old wreck, and did a search for the Loch Ness Monster. According to his wishes, Ralph White was cremated and his ashes were taken to space and scattered to all 7 continents.