Exploring The Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost -- Was Found - 1988

Front Cover: Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost -- Was Found, 1988

Front Cover: Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost -- Was Found, 1988. GGA Image ID # 102104b985

From the Dust Jacket

On an April morning in 1912, the world awoke to horrifying news. The R.M.S. Titanic, a large and lavish “unsinkable” new ocean liner, had struck an iceberg and sunk. More than 1,500 people had died in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic because the Titanic had not carried enough lifeboats. “How could this happen?” was the question everyone asked.

On September 1, 1985, the Titanic was in the headlines once again. That morning, a French- American expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard had discovered the legendary lost ship. The Titanic had been found sitting proudly upright on the ocean bottom, two and a half miles beneath the surface.

Robert Ballard and his team returned to the Titanic in the summer of 1986. In a tiny three- man submarine they dived down to the icy black depths where the Titanic lay. With Jason Junior; their tiny swimming robot, they explored and photographed the entire ship in detail. Dr. Ballard even sent Jason Junior down the ship’s Grand Staircase to get a closer look at chandeliers still hanging from the ceiling.

In this book, Robert Ballard tells the complete story of the Titanic and of his thrilling quest to find her. In words and with dozens of pictures, we relive just what it was like to be on board the Titanic the night she sank. Then Dr. Ballard takes us down in his tiny submarine to explore the eerie wreck of the doomed ship. On every page, full-color photographs and illustrations show the Titanic as she was once and as she appears today.

Here is the powerful, real-life adventure story of the greatest ship ever lost and how she was found.

Special Titanic Wall Poster

The inside of the jacket unfolds to become an 11" x 27" full-color Titanic wall poster.

From the Back Cover

The people shivering in the lifeboats cannot believe their eyes. The large, luxurious and “unsinkable" Titanic is actually sinking. Within moments the lights of the Titanic will go out forever as the great ship plunges to the bottom of the ocean. It is a night the world will never forget.

Thirteen thousand feet beneath the sea. Robert Ballard peers through the porthole of his tiny submarine. He hopes to be the first person in 74 years to see the legendary lost Titanic. Suddenly he lets out a gasp. Rising before him is a massive wall of black steel...

About the Author

Robert D. Ballard is now best known as the man who discovered the Titanic. But for many years he has been one of the world’s leading marine geologists. In over 50 expeditions, Dr. Ballard has spent more time exploring the deep ocean in submarines than any other scientist. In 1979 he discovered giant hot vents 9,000 feet down in the Pacific Ocean.

As a senior scientist at the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Dr. Ballard has helped create new systems for underwater exploration. The camera sled Argo and underwater robot Jason Junior that were used to discover and explore the Titanic were developed at Woods Hole.

In 1989 Dr. Ballard will be using the Argo/Jason system to explore ancient trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea. From the ocean floor, he will make live broadcasts of discoveries to audiences watching in science museums around the world.

Dr. Ballard has written many articles and appeared in television documentaries for the National Geographic Society. He is also the author of Exploring our Living Planet and The Discovery of the Titanic.

About the Illustrator

Maritime artist Ken Marschall carefully studied thousands of photographs before creating the paintings of the Titanic that are featured in this book. Ken is a leading expert on the ship. His paintings of the Titanic in her prime and on the ocean floor are accurate and beautiful.

Library of Congress Catalogue Listing with Notes by GGA

  • Personal name: Ballard, Robert D.
  • Main title: Exploring the Titanic / by Robert D. Ballard ; edited by Patrick Crean ; illustrations of the Titanic by Ken Marschall.
  • Full Title of GGA Book in Collection: Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost -- Was Found / by Robert D. Ballard ; illustrations of the Titanic by Ken Marschall.
  • Published/Created: New York : Scholastic, c1988.
  • Publisher of GGA Book in Collection: Madison Press Book : Produced For Pyramid Books
  • Description: 64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
  • ISBN: 0590419536 : 0590419528 (pbk.)
  • ISBN of GGA Book in Collection: 1871307007
  • LC classification: G530.T6 B494 1988
  • Summary: Describes the large luxury liner which sank in 1912 and the discovery and exploration of its underwater wreckage.

LC Subjects

  • Titanic (Steamship)--Juvenile literature.
  • Titanic (Steamship)
  • Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean--Juvenile literature.
  • Underwater exploration--North Atlantic Ocean--Juvenile literature.
  • Underwater exploration.


  • Browse by shelf order: G530.T6
  • Notes: Bibliography: p. 64.
  • LCCN: 88006478
  • Dewey class no.: 910/.91634
  • Geographic area code: ln-----
  • Type of material: Book
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