It is impossible for these haunting images not to invoke memories of the countless photos and documentaries (not to mention one of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time) we’ve all seen of the most famous shipwreck of all time — Titanic.
This, however, is the wreckage of Costa Concordia — the longer-than-the-Titanic cruise ship which sank off the coast of the Italian island of Gigilo. Looking at the eerie images, one cannot help but be struck with how intact and just ready to be used everything looks like.
The elevators seem ready to take you to one of the many bars, in one of which a piano is awaiting its pianist, notebook opened in anticipation. Yet, everything is ghostly empty and devoid of all signs of life.
The liner’s wreckage is to be towed away and cut up for scrap, close to two-and-a-half years after she ran aground. The 950-foot ship, which hit a rock off the beautiful holiday island in January 2012 and lost 32 lives, had sat deep in the water for nine months, before finally being lifted up in what was one of the biggest salvage operations in history. During the lift-up, air was pumped into 30 huge metal boxes, which were attached to the hull of the 114,500-ton ship. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. One of the 13 bars where many of the 3,200 passengers were relaxing as the vessel struck a rock off Isola del Giglio at 9.45pm.
2. The first pictures of the interior of the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia, which struck a reef off the island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. This seemingly undamaged piano was in an area that remained above water.
3. Some areas are relatively unscathed because they remained above the waterline after the ship capsized in shallow water. Other rooms have been drained after the ship was righted last year.
4. Smashed crockery and intact wine bottles in a galley which was not submerged.
5. The wreck will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, nearly two-and-a-half years after she ran aground off the Italian island of Gigilo.
6. A bar that once thronged with people.
7. A bar that once thronged with people.
8. The refloating of the ship revived hopes that the body of Russel Rebello, an Indian waiter who was among the 32 dead and whose remains have never been found, might finally be recovered.
9. A brightly colored chair stands upright surrounded by furniture which was decayed under the water.
10. Some of the first pictures of the interior of the sunken cruise ship the Costa Concordia on the island of Giglio, Italy.
11. Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to float the Concordia had proceeded without a hitch.
12. The desk of the ship which struck a reef off the island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized.
13. Objects scattered across the sunken ship.
14. The first pictures of the interior of the sunken cruise ship the Costa Concordia on the island of Giglio.
15. Costa Concordia’s salvation plan.
16. The control room is seen on the Costa Concordia after it was successfully re-floated today, being raised some 2m off the platform that was supporting it.
17. Foam and bubbles rise from the ocean as the stricken hulk was refloated this morning.
18. The 290-metre liner, which smashed into rocks off the picturesque holiday island in January 2012 with the loss of 32 lives.
19. An Italian official has promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck victims as soon as the wrecked cruise liner is towed away from the island.
20. If all is well, it will be towed away from Giglio on July 21 to the port of Genoa 200 miles away and sold for scrap.
21. The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the “parbuckling” operation outside Giglio harbor. Salvage crews on the Italian island of Giglio raised the Costa Concordia cruise liner completing one of the most difficult and expensive wreck recovery projects ever performed.
22. Air will be pumped into the 30 giant box-like compartments that have been welded to its hull, forcing out seawater and raising the vessel by around 36ft.
23. Four decks of the ship will emerge from beneath the waves for the first time since the ship ran aground.
24. The first few hours of the refloat will be the most critical, engineers have warned.
And here are the videos:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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