Return to Titanic brings new dimensions to the exploration of the ship, both visually and factually. While it provides a compelling, illustrated journey back in time to the tragic sinking of the vessel in 1912, it also debunks myths that have surrounded the ship since its sinking. Finally, it takes a hard look at the changes in the Titanic since its discovery in 1985 - changes due not just to natural deterioration, but also to the salvaging of the wreck by private groups. With more than 125 photographs and maps, including the latest images of the ship taken with new, high-tech cameras, Ballard is able to document how the ship has been damaged over nearly two decades and he argues for a new and vital conservation ethos: that in the future such wrecks must be preserved as historical monuments, to be revered instead of ransacked.
With photographs, diagrams, maps, sidebars, period pictures and drawings, and modern images, Return to Titanic is a must-have item for the millions of individuals fascinated by the world's most well-known maritime tragedy.