By Kerry Sanders, NBC News Correspondent
ABOARD THE JEAN CHARCOT – We departed St. John’s Harbor, Newfoundland, at 9:17 p.m. last night. A full moon bathed the calm waters of the cove as a pilot guided our 243-foot research vessel into open waters of the North Atlantic.
I’ve joined a team of underwater archeologists, maritime engineers, technicians and explorers as they try to do what’s never been done before: document every inch of the debris field where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Premier Exhibitions, which has Titanic artifacts on display in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Ohio, is funding the multi-million dollar expedition.
The primary challenge as we begin the voyage is not one of technology, but the one sailors face all the time: the weather. As of now, Hurricane Danielle is projected to follow many possible paths, but one of them could involve a direct route to the where we are headed.
For those of you who want to track our movements, we are currently at 45 degrees, 47.6 minutes North; 051 degrees 45.3 minutes West.
Our NBC Team includes cameraman Dwaine Scott, video editor Vince Genova and engineer Bruno Trepanier. Together, we will provide live reports and pictures from the ship in the middle of the North Atlantic, as well as from the wreckage site, which is two-plus miles under the water’s surface.
It’s estimated 40 percent of the wreck has never been mapped or studied.
I’ll update our movements here online as well as live on MSNBC, NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, The Weather Channel and on your local NBC station. You can also follow the developments on Facebook by checking out RMS Titanic.
Come along on an adventure.