RMS TITANIC INC. Chapter II "Operation Titanic"
The new Millennium saw Rms Titanic Inc. under new management. The company, previously helmed by George Tulloch, was now in the hands of previous VP Arnie Geller. Following a dispute over the means with which the company had changed hands the French backed IFREMER terminated their long involvement with RMSTI and prompted the hiring of the Russian research vessel Keldysh to conduct the first salvage operation on Titanic under the new management. The expedition, under the command of Dik Barton and G. Michael Harris, saw the return of veteran Titanic diver Ralph White as historian, as well as introduced tech diver Rory Golden, who became the first Irishman to visit the historic site. Mr. Golden was also Dive Safety Operations Manager for the expedition. Titanic historian Bill Sauder was present as was artist & historian Ken Marschall to help identify and catalogue the nearly 800 artefacts which were recovered using the Russian MIR submersibles. Among those who joined the ranks of Titanic divers on this expedition was actor, motivational speaker, and historian Lowell Lytle, who plays the role of Captain Smith for the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. His incredible experiences are detailed in the book "Diving Into The Deep" which he wrote and narrated in audiobook as a biographical work detailing not only his Spiritual journey to Christ, but also how that journey led him to the decks of Titanic.
Rory made several dives to Titanic, but perhaps non were as spectacular as his first dive... for it was on this debut dive that he spotted and recovered the main ship’s wheel, buried under debris on Titanic's deck. This incredible artefact, still contained the wooden spokes which were all that remained of the massive wheel which was turned, in vain, by quartermaster Robert Hichens on April 14th, 1912, to avoid the fatal collision with the iceberg. Upon reaching the surface Mr. Golden personally removed the twisted metal frame from its collection basket, and to the disbelief of those present, the hub and wooden wheel turned for the first time in 88yrs at his touch. On following dives a memorial plaque from Cobh, (Queenstown) Cork, Titanic's last port of call, was left on the bridge of the ship. Beside this plaque there was placed a small glass urn, within which there were a small bundle of ashes and part of a golden chain. This urn, placed by expedition guest diver Pat Clyne contained the ashes of recently deceased treasure hunter Mel Fisher, the man who discovered the treasure galleon Atocha in 1986