Item 2005.002.06.006 - Return to the Titanic - live from Paris [Tape 1 of 2]

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Return to the Titanic - live from Paris [Tape 1 of 2]

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Los Angeles : Westgate Group, 1987. Copyright: Westgate Entertainment Corporation. DCR 1987; PUB 28Oct87; PA365-980.

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

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3 videocassettes: 1 3/4" U-matic and 2 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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A documentary that covers many aspects of the Titanic legacy beginning at the ships conception and ending with artifacts recovered from the wreck. The topics also cover differing theories of loss, interviews with survivors and the technology involved in divine the Titanic. An account of the ships descent is reiterated while showing the locations of events on the ship at its present state at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. These documentary and recovery dives to the Titanic were done using the Nautile submersible.

The Titanic, a passenger ship, sunk during her maiden voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, two hours and forty minutes after a collision with an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Over 1 500 people perished. The shipwreck was discovered by a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in 1985.

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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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The second half of the broadcast was captured on tape 007. Parts 1 & 2 of an interview that aired during the broadcast on TVO are found on tapes 009 and 010.

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Notes from initial viewing: Telly Savalas hosts a special live television broadcast with a studio audience, charting the discovery and history of the Titanic
/subjects include construction of Titanic, the wealthy and well-known passengers onboard, interviews with survivors, technology used to locate and dive to T., experts hypothesize on causes of sinking of T. and the recovery of artifacts
Directed by: Louis J. Horvitz
Producer: Michael B. Seligman
Presented by: LBS, John Joslyn, and Doug Lleweleyn
Hosted by: Telly Savalas

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