Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron

About the Show

James Cameron’s epic 1997 film Titanic won 11 Oscars and grossed well over a billion dollars worldwide. Now, National Geographic Channel joins the director and explorer-in-residence for the ultimate forensic investigation into the most infamous shipwreck of all time in Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron. Cameron, who has made more than 30 dives to explore the Titanic, brings together a team of engineers, naval architects, artists, and historians to solve the lingering mysteries of why and how an “unsinkable” ship sank. With their combined expertise, they’ll examine the feature film and determine what technology has revealed since its release. An investigation of this magnitude has never been attempted before, and some of the revelations may alter the fundamental interpretation of what exactly happened to the Titanic on April 14, 1912.


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    James Cameron

    Find out more about Oscar-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence James Cameron.

Who's Who

  • Meet the <i>Titanic</i> Experts

    Meet the Titanic Experts

    In the shadow of a massive 42-foot replica of the Titanic from his blockbuster film, Cameron has brought together some the world’s leading Titanic experts to solve the iconic shipwreck's lingering mysteries. Learn more about these engineers, naval architects, artists, and historians, whose combined expertise may reveal new insights.

Legends of Titanic

From National Geographic News

  • Titanic picture: the railing of the sunken Titanic is seen in an undated photograph, for a gallery on cruise shipwreck disasters, related to the Costa Concordia accident in Italy

    Paint Titanic, Wreck's Discoverer Says

    Robert Ballard, the explorer who discovered the legendary wreck, has serious plans to robotically coat Titanic with fresh paint.

  • The rusted prow of the H.M.S. Titanic.

    Last Chance to Dive to Titanic?

    A hundred years after the Titanic sank, tourists can now go on a dive to the legendary wreck—but some experts want the "grave site" left alone.

  • An iceberg in a fjord.

    More Titanic Icebergs Today?

    If Titanic had sailed a hundred years later, it may have encountered many more icebergs, possibly due to global warming, scientists say.

  • The passenger ship Titanic.

    Did Moon Help Sink the Titanic?

    As the moon swung very close to Earth—and the sun fell in line—the resulting pull might have sent icebergs on a collision course in 1912.

Titanic Facts


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USA TODAY and National Geographic Channel are jointly producing a series of reports on the centennial of the Titanic's sinking. For more coverage, visit usatoday.com.