Famed oceanographer Ballard to explore with USM Marine Sciences

Famed oceanographer Ballard to explore with USM Marine Sciences
Underwater archaeologist and oceanographer Robert Ballard spoke at the USM Forum Tuesday night. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The man who discovered the wreck of the Titanic more than 30 years ago spoke in Hattiesburg Tuesday night about finding that ship and his new relationship with Southern Miss Marine Sciences.

Robert Ballard was the speaker at the USM Forum at Bennett Auditorium.

Ballard led the expedition that discovered the Titanic. He also founded the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island and the Ocean Exploration Trust.

He now will work with USM on other explorations.

“We have a cooperative agreement now with the University of Southern Mississippi and working with their marine program and we’ll be mounting major operations out of there next year," Ballard said.

“We needed a base (on the Gulf Coast) and we got one now. Because a big part of the unknown America is in the Gulf of Mexico, so, we’ll be working here regularly now, as we’re integrating our teams. That’s what we’ve spent the last three days, figuring out how to integrate our teams."

Ballard found the Titanic in 1985.

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