Another Titanic Trip?

The Titanic

( – In what will likely be another high-risk deep-sea voyage to the Titanic, a wealthy businessman from Ohio has set his sights on making the bold trip to explore the sunken wreckage of the emblematic vessel located in the northern Atlantic.

This comes just a year after a tragic incident where a similar expedition resulted in a submersible imploding at the same site.

Larry Connor, a mogul in the real estate industry, intends to undertake this deep-sea exploration in a submersible capable of descending over 12,000 feet.

He will be accompanied by Patrick Lahey, the co-founder of Triton Submarines.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Lahey described a conversation with Connor.

“We had a client, a wonderful man. He called me up and said, ‘You know, what we need to do is build a sub that can dive to [Titanic-level depths] repeatedly and safely and demonstrate to the world that you guys can do that, and that Titan was a contraption,’” Lahey said.

Connor expressed his aspirations for the journey, as cited by The Daily Wire.

“I want to show people worldwide that while the ocean is extremely powerful, it can be wonderful and enjoyable and really kind of life-changing if you go about it the right way,” he said.

He also noted the technological advancements that have made such a venture possible.

“Patrick has been thinking about and designing this for over a decade. But we didn’t have the materials and technology. You couldn’t have built this sub five years ago,” Connor added.

The duo plans to embark on their journey in the Triton 4000/2 Abyssal Explorer, a submersible valued at $20 million, capable of diving to 4,000 meters—sufficient to reach the Titanic, which lies 3,800 meters beneath the ocean’s surface.

The previous year witnessed a grim reminder of the perils associated with such deep-sea expeditions.

A submersible operated by OceanGate suffered a catastrophic implosion en route to the Titanic, instantly claiming the lives of all five onboard, including OceanGate’s CEO, Stockton Rush.

David Lochridge, a former Royal Navy submersible pilot and engineer, had previously voiced significant safety concerns regarding OceanGate’s submersible.

He noted issues including a carbon-fiber hull showing “very visible signs of delamination and porosity,” improperly adhering glue for ballast bags, and non-standard designs for O-ring grooves among others.

When Lochridge raised these issues, his employment was terminated. His apprehensions were later detailed in a communication to Rob McCallum, a co-founder of Eyos Expeditions.

“I would consider myself pretty ballsy when it comes to doing things that are dangerous, but that sub is an accident waiting to happen,” Lochridge stated.

“There’s no way on earth you could have paid me to dive the thing. … I don’t want to be seen as a Tattle tale but I’m so worried he kills himself and others in the quest to boost his ego,” he added.

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