In a world of Terror-Hunting, the sea is not exempt. Two miles
below the surface of the Atlantic rests the decaying hulk of the
famous Titanic luxury liner, rusting away, some say, because human
Terrorists are ripping it apart. Find out how to become a
Sentinel of Titanic Vigilance.
9, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 696
Terrorizing the Titanic
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 9,
2003-- Ninety-one years ago, on April 14, 1912, 1,500 people
died in one of the world's great sea tragedies.
Seventy-three years later the wreck was found in the icy darkness of
the North Atlantic, and since then, the ship has been Terrorized by
humans seeking to make movies, get married on its bow, and salvage
trinkets for both personal and historic reasons.
The wreck of
the Titanic has been terrorized for ninety-one years
The New York Times reported
today a headline: "Scientists Warn That Visitors Are Loving
Titanic To Death."
The scientists claim the ship is rapidly
decaying, caused in part by a surge of human activity burrowing into
the rusted hulk of the great ship for a variety of reasons.
Besides the salvage
workers, scientists and movie makers, for a mere $36,000 you can book
a trip down the two mile chute of frigid North Atlantic water to view
the famous shipwreck.
couple married on the Titanic
In July 2001, a New York
couple, David Leibowitz and Kimberley Miller, hired a submersible to
rest on the Titanic's bow while a ship's captain officiated over their
Pirates have also attacked the rusting corpse of
the ship that was termed "unsinkable." Unauthorized salvagers
have attacked the Titanic, attempting to remove artifacts without
permission and circumventing safety and preservation guidelines.
One scientist hired to investigate the rapid decay of
the ship's hulk, located 380 miles off Newfoundland, claims that
rivers of rust are populated by iron-eating microbes. In
1996, a microbiologist noted that 200 pounds of iron were being eaten
a day from the bow. Two years later, the scientist
revisited the ailing wreck and estimated the biological activity has
increased so that 600 pounds a day were being consumed by the
of the ongoing and projected decay of the Titanic
Humans are indirectly
responsible, goes one theory. The iron-eating microbes,
according to ocean scientist and retired submariner Dr. Alfred S.
McLaren who dived onto the wreck in 1999 and again last month, are the
result of overfishing in the Grand Banks. Dr. McLaren
claims the marine life normally eaten by heavy fish populations are
simply falling like snow down the to the ocean's floor, resting on the
Titanic and eating it.
The measure of the damage is from the growth of
rusticles, brownish appearing icicles hanging from the ship's iron
Dr. McLaren, an emeritus president of the Explorers Club in
New York, used Russian submersibles to explore the Titanic's state of
Because of the location, little can be done about the
salvors seeking to grab a piece of history. Plus, the
rapid decay of the ship suggests the wreck will soon be consumed by
the ocean. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and rust to rust.
Anyone who has read the history of the Titanic, seen
the original 1953 action drama Titanic starring Clifton Webb and
Barbra Stanwyck, or seen the James Cameron remake in 1997, can fathom
the Terror of that night in 1912 when human Courage and Fear butted up
against one another as thousands scrambled to the limited life rafts.
But the Titanic is more a story of Vigilance than
icicle-shaped rust patterns, are reportedly overtaking the
Titanic. The sunken ocean liner rests on the North Atlantic
seabed 380 miles off Newfoundland.
It is an example of
The ship was touted as unsinkable. The
captain and crew felt they were aboard a ship that had more power than
even Nature herself, and in the final analysis, an iceberg ripped the
guts of the ship apart. Frozen water, not bombs,
humbled human arrogance.
Bow of the
Titanic: scene of the world's deepest wedding
It seems to me that
the salvors seeking to preserve the wreck should be more concerned
with preserving the pitfalls of Complacency and Arrogance than the
fine china or chandeliers from the body of the great luxury liner.
Terrorism begins with Complacency. Nothing
feeds the danger of the darkness more than assuming you have
overpowered the Beast.
There is no wall thick enough, no weapons fierce
enough, to stop the Beast from entering into the soul of a human being
and twisting one's thinking. But, there are guards,
crewmembers who keep a steady eye for the icebergs of life.
These are the Sentinels of Thought. They
are Courage, Conviction and Right Actions taken for future
One installs them into the crows nest of their
being when he or she takes the Pledge of Vigilance and lives by the
Principles of Vigilance.
What these tools provide is radar that the Beast
of Terror is moving about, flexing his or her muscles, shoving an
iceberg closer and closer.
If we become
Complacent, we, too, can be smashed and sunk by an
The average person
waltzing through life assuming everything is okay and wonderful,
putting the duty and responsibility for life on others, and wakes up
one morning to find his or her world turned upside down.
It happens so often. In half
the cases, marriages sink. They are hit by icebergs just as the
Titanic, and children suffer as the ship breaks in half and both
halves sink down into the icy waters of divorce.
Where did the iceberg come from? Why
wasn't it seen? How come the unsinkable ship of marriage ended
up so fragile? Why did the children suffer?
I use marriage as only one example, for it
is the most illustrative.
There are countless others. How about
the expectations people have about what they are going to do with
their lives, or what they want to be, only to find they smack headlong
into a thick wall, and their hopes for finding the rainbow sink as
fast as the Titanic.
Then, the microbes fall.
endows us with the message we are not invincible and must be
begin to walk around with the rusticles of our life hanging on the
iron plates of our Hopes and Dreams. The iron of our will
is eaten. Each day we feel our structure crumble as life
seems to go on without us, leaving us to decay on the bottom of the
ocean of dreams.
The Titanic is a symbol of
We should be more concerned
about salvaging human Courage, Conviction and Right Actions that were
the real legacy of the ship. If the Titanic has a message,
it is the lesson that all things are fleeting. And, we
should never think we are invincible.
Perhaps, if the Captain of the
ship had taken the Pledge of Vigilance, he might have not been asleep
in his cabin that night, unconcerned about icebergs. He
might have known the most unsinkable ship was sinkable.
Vigilance might have changed
Right now, the lack of
Vigilance is rusting two-miles below the North Atlantic.
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