Item 2005.002.06.008 - News Wraps featuring Dr. Joe MacInnis: Return to the Titanic [rough edit]

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News Wraps featuring Dr. Joe MacInnis: Return to the Titanic [rough edit]

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2005.002.06.008

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  • 7 October 1987 (Creation)
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    MacInnis, Joseph B.

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1 videocassette: VHS

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(1937-present)

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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.

For additional biographical information, see www.drjoemacinnis.com

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The film is a news clip recording of the Nautile submerging into the ocean to the Titanic wreckage. The Nautile is a small yellow submarine equiped with 2 mechanical arms to pick up artifacts from the Titanic. Interviews include Dr. Joseph MacInnis, Ralph White, and Jacques [Mantile].

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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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Inscribed in blue ink on top label: 'News Wraps 10/7/87/ featuring Dr Joe M'
Inscribed in blue ink on spine label: 'NEWS WRAPS FEATURING DR. JOE M./ 10/7/87

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Notes from initial viewing: female newscaster narration; multiple time codes - not sync'd /rough edits of a news clip; unidentified broadcast news agency
/dive to Titanic 75 years later by 'Nautile' - small yellow submarine with 2 mechanical arms; can pick up items with precision and dive to 20,000 ft; recovered over 800 artifacts from Titanic (vase, brush, teapot, wallet, china, books, wine, safe and satchel)
/interviews with JM, Ralph White (American, supervising underwater photography) and Jacques Mantile (sp) (French, specialist in preservation and restoration of ancient artifacts) /goal to reclaim objects and film Titanic; historical footage of Titanic

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