Item 2005.002.06.032 - A 15 minute Dive on the Titanic: A 2D version of the 3D show [edited and produced]

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A 15 minute Dive on the Titanic: A 2D version of the 3D show [edited and produced]

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  • 1998 (Creation)
    MacInnis, Joseph B.

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1 videocassette: VHS

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Dr. Joe MacInnis, C.M. MD. FRCP. (Hon) LLD. (Hon), earned a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1962 and was awarded a research position at the University of Pennsylvania to begin what would become his pursuit for the following three decades: the study of the physiology and psychology of men and women in undersea conditions. Between 1964 and 1970 he worked as the medical director of Ocean Systems Inc., the world's largest diving and underwater engineering company. In 1970, Dr. MacInnis participated in the research and writing of Canada's first national ocean policy. During this time, he initiated the first of eleven diving expeditions to study the systems and techniques needed to work safely under the ice in the near-freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean. In the next decade, his team would make more than 1,000 dives and construct the world's first undersea polar station, the Sub-Igloo.
In 1978 Dr. MacInnis led the team that discovered, explored, and filmed the HMS Breadalbane, a three-masted British barque crushed by the ice in the Northwest Passage in 1853. Located in 340 feet of water 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the HMS Breadalbane is the world's northernmost known shipwreck. Shortly after the discovery of the Breadalbane, Dr. MacInnis turned his attention to the most infamous shipwreck of all - the Titanic. He made two dives to the bow and stern of the Titanic between 1985 and 1991, and was co-leader of the two million dollar project to film the ship in IMAX format. In 2005, he joined James Cameron on a dive that produced a 90 minute live broadcast from some of the last unseen rooms of the ship.

Dr. MacInnis is involved in a number of community service projects that reflect the wide range of his interests, supporting both scientific and artistic ingenuity and the protection of the environment. He has been awarded five honorary doctorates, the Queen's Anniversary Medal, the Admiral's Medal and the country's highest honour, the Order of Canada. He regularly lectures on topics of leadership and teamwork, and continues to publish on his underwater discoveries.

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Digital copy available on hard drive

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Digital copies only. Original records are not accessible/viewable using the equipment in the reading room. Digital copies may be viewed onsite

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VHS tape is housed in commercially color-printed cardstock video jacket with description of video content; both tape and jacket are housed in black plastic snap-lid videocassette case


Undersea Research Ltd.

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Printed on top label: A 15 Minute DIVE On The/ TITANIC/ A 2D VERSION OF THE 3D SHOW/ ©1998 Undersea Research

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Notes from initial viewing: ~hosted and narrated by JM; intro. To history of T. - historic still images and film footage of T. / brittle star on duct; cast iron end of deck bench; cooking pots; engine room telegraph; steam condenser; starboard propeller (weighs 23 tonnes, 23.5 ft. Wide); engine room with rusticles; pair of triple expanding reciprocating engines; T.'s bow, intact; MIR 2 as it films capstones and anchor chains; port and starboard anchor chains; starboard side of bow - 3rd class lounge; cranes to load cargo and provisions; promenade deck; steering wheel (of wheelhouse); forward mast; tip of foremast against davit; officers quarters; expansion joint; promonade near captains room / EK, AS, JM emerging from MIR1, on deck of Keldysh
Producer: Undersea Research Ltd.

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