For our talk on April 26th in the Bracken Court Hotel we were delighted to have a very special visiting speaker of note, Rory Golden, Diver, Speaker, Explorer with a talk titled ‘TITANIC – Search, Discovery and Diving to the world’s most famous shipwreck.’
On his website www.RoryGolden.com Rory states ‘I have memories to last a lifetime that I can share with many’ More people have been to outer space than to the depths of the ocean that Rory has dived to and he shared these memories with us in an unmissable talk. Rory spoke first of the story of the building of the Titanic and its ill fated maiden voyage and the story of some of the many who lost their lives on it. He then introduced us to fantastic images of his dives to the wreck
Some further background:
Member International of the Explorers Club of New York, Vice Chair of the Great Britain and Ireland Chapter of the Explorers Club, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society Rory Golden became the first Irish diver to visit the site of RMS TITANIC, in August 2000.
This expedition recovered 800 artifacts from nearly 4,000 metres deep. His dive was in a Russian submersible, and he left a memorial plaque on the wreck on behalf of the people of Ireland from Cobh. He also spotted the main ship’s wheel which was recovered on the dive.
He returned in August 2005, leaving two more memorial plaques from Belfast on the ship. This expedition was broadcast as a documentary, “A Journey to Remember”, on BBC with Mike
In July 2021 he was contracted by OceanGate Expeditions to be on the 2021 Titanic Survey Expedition as the on board content expert. Other duties included assisting in the surface support dive ops and preparation of the revolutionary 5 person carbon fibre TITAN submersible.
In June and July 2022 he was again a team member for the second OceanGate expedition to the wreck site as a content expert and surface dive support co-ordinato – see link above. He made his third dive to the ship during this trip in the 5 person submersible TITAN. https://oceangateexpeditions.com/titanic