CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) Report on exploration of ocean floor, triggered by search for centerpiece of historical maritime disaster.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Falmouth, Massachusetts) Oceanographer Robert Ballard noted as one of few who makes ocean dives to great depths. Discoveries about ocean life in recent years due to such dives outlined; films and drawings shown. One film is courtesy of United States Navy. Human history to be found in depths, in Atlantic Ocean just off Grand Banks due eastern of Cape Cod, reported This said to be site of sinking of Titanic. Scenes from film "A Night to Remember", courtesy The Bank Org., shown. [BALLARD - discusses Titanic disaster.] Past schemes to salvage Titanic mentioned. [Titanic Historical Society spokesperson William TANTUM - mentions newspaper reports of attempts to raise ship, because of treasure to be found. Says there is no treasure on ship.] Ballard and Tantum said to be part of group trying to organization and finance expedition down to Titanic; reasons given. Methods that would be used explained. [BALLARD - describes dream of finding ship in excellent condition.]
REPORTER: Charles Osgood
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