Long Last Look At Titanic - National Geographic - December 1986

National Geographic, December 1986 - Titanic Collection

Front Cover of the National Geographic Magazine for December 1986. GGA Image ID # 103f9ac30c

COVER: Exploring Titanic's hulk, a robot camera-equipped submersible called Jason Jr. peers into a first-class cabin. Photograph by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Not since Custer led the Seventh Cavalry against Indians at the Little Bighorn has a fatal mistake so captured the public imagination as the "unsinkable" Titanic being driven into an iceberg field at full speed.


December 1986

A Long Last Look At Titanic

Robert D. Ballard, co-leader of the expedition that found the historic shipwreck last year, returns for a detailed exploration, aided by two ingenious seeing-eye undersea vehicles. - Page 698

Westminster, the Palace That Became Parliament

Over the centuries a onetime royal residence in London has been transformed into the permanent home of Britain's lawmaking body. Patrick Cormack, a member of the House of Commons, traces its history and traditions. Photographs by Adam Woolfitt. - Page 728

Halley's Comet

The dazzling traveler that many watchers missed revealed its secrets to telescope, spacecraft, and jet aircraft, Rick Gore reports. - Page 758

Ghosts on the Little Bighorn

After a 1983 prairie fire cleared brush along Montana's Little Bighorn River, archaeologists recovered artifacts that shed new light on Custer's Last Stand. Robert Paul Jordan reports on the still controversial 1876 battle. Photographs by Scott Rutherford. - Page 787

Northern Plains Map

A double supplement traces the center of our continent from frontier days to the present.

Tsetse—the Deadly Fly

A scourge to cattle and humans alike in Africa, the tsetse fly stirs debate over land use. Georg Gerster investigates the continuing war to control the insect. - Page 814

Publication Information

The National Geographic Magazine Is the Journal of The National Geographic Society Founded 1888

  • Title: National Geographic
  • Issue: Vol. 170, No. 6, December 1985
  • Pagination: 697 - 834
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 25.5 x 7 cm
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