Item 2005.002.06.022 - Lost treasures of the Titanic

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Lost treasures of the Titanic

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Glen-Warren Productions Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Baton Broadcasting Limited), in association with Enter-Corp Communications Inc., 1989.

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    MacInnis, Joseph B.

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1 videocassette: 3/4" U-matic

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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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1 copy on VHS.

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VHS copy only. Viewing access within Ryerson University Library or by permission.

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Outtakes and unedited footage for this program can be found on tapes 017-020.

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Inscribed on top label: 'Lost Treasures/ of the Titanic/ 60 minutes/ Dr. Joe MacInnis'
Logo printed on bottom left of top label: 'DUPLICATION/ RSB/ VIDEO'

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Notes from initial viewing: complete and edited show titled "Lost Treasures of the Titanic"
/hosted and narrated by JM /Nautile's first dive to Titanic, N.'s mechanical arms, lighting system, photo and video cameras, first images of Titanic / various interviews with Ralph White, underwater photographer /Downshire House in London, Eng., where planning for building T. began / Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast, IRE / interview with Edith Haisman, last survivor of T.
/Stoniers in Eng. - supplied T. with dishes, interview with John Fox (owner?)
/various recovered objects - dishes, vases, cherub statue (at grand staircase), safe, cutlery, silver tray
Host: Dr. Joe MacInnis
Producer: Michael Shane
Director: John Robinson
Camera: Jens Sturup
Lighting director: Joe Pier
Vtr editor: Garry Collins
Music: Les Sabler

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