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Search for the Titanic may have found the site

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY RANDY SHIPP / August 18, 1980



New York

An expedition probing the North Atlantic for the Titanic attempted Saturday to focus television cameras on debris researchers believe may be the luxury liner sunk on its maiden voyage 68 years ago.

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Sonar signals reflected off the sea floor showed an object "the right length, right width, and right height of the Titanic" some 12,000 feet down in a submarine canyon, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. But additional surveying is needed to determine whether the wreckage is the 882-foot vessel.

Texas oilman Jack Grimm, who is sponsoring the project, said he had not heard from the researchers, probably because of bad weather.

"Also, the crusty captain is inundated with phone calls and might have pulled the plug on the ship-to-shore line," he said.