Salvagers still looking for car that sank with the Titanic

Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the famous sinking of the Titanic which hit an ice berg and sank with a car that salvagers would love to find

Everyone who saw the movie “Titanic” remembers the steamy car scene with Jack and Rose, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The young lovers consummate their burgeoning love affair in the back seat of a car they find while running through the Titanic’s cargo hold. Although that scene made for a great story, it’s highly unlikely anything like that actually occurred.

But the car in the scene from the movie actually was on board the Titanic when it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean that fateful night in 1912. Since 1985 when Robert Ballard discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, salvagers have taken their submarines to the site and have retrieved hundreds of artifacts from the ocean floor. Retrieved items are being sold at auctions and bringing $25,000 to $35,000 dollars for items like a dinner menu.

Salvagers would love to find the 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville that went down with the ship. Historians say it is the only automobile known for certain to have been on the Titanic and was being shipped in a crate held in a cargo hold located in the forward section of the ship. That part of the ship is resting relatively intact on the seafloor and could be still intact. It’s anyone’s guess if the car is still salvageable and what 100 years worth of seawater has done to the Coupe de Ville.


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