RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. , today announced that it will conduct its first research and recovery expedition at the wreck site of the RMS Carpathia.
Departing from Brest, France on August 16, 2007, the expedition team will oversee the archaeological recovery of artifacts from the Carpathia along with site documentation and assessment of the overall structural integrity of the historic ship.
RMS Carpathia was built in 1902 for the oceanic passenger trade, and provided service primarily between New York City, Queenstown and Liverpool, and between New York City and ports of the Mediterranean.
On April 15, 1912, the Carpathia became the most famous rescue ship in the world. After receiving a distress signal from the Titanic, Carpathia's Captain Rostron quickly responded and rescued 705 passengers from the North Atlantic.
Six years later on July 17, 1918, Carpathia was torpedoed by a German U-Boat and sank while transporting military passengers for the British government during World War I.
Carpathia was re-discovered in 2000 by a team of shipwreck explorers funded by author Clive Cussler of the United States.