London - The prow of the doomed liner looming out of the depths is as impressive as ever.
But divers making the first manned voyage to the Titanic in 14 years say they were "shocked" by the deterioration of the wreck.
Nearly 13 200ft beneath the surface of the Atlantic, salt corrosion and metal-eating bacteria have worn away parts of the liner’s structure, resulting in a partial collapse.
The divers, who made five trips to the wreckage in a submersible, found that the hull near the officers’ quarters on the starboard side has started to collapse, according to exploration company Caladan Oceanic.
Titanic historian Park Stephenson told the BBC the deterioration of the ship was "shocking", adding: "That whole deck on that side is collapsing, taking with it the staterooms. The captain’s bathtub is a favourite image among Titanic enthusiasts, and that’s now gone."