James Cameron.jpgThe National Geographic channel will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with two new specials. “Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard” and “Titanic-The Final Word with James Cameron.”

At the Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA, we got a quick look at both specials and heard from Robert Ballard, who was the man who not only discovered the wreck of the Titanic, but who’s book inspired James Cameron to film “Titanic.”

Ballard talked about the first moment he saw the Titanic, comparing it to Gettysburg, where his family fought on both sides. He’s in the middle of creating an underwater museum, and explained that, because of where the ship lies, it’s well preserved. “The Turkish baths are amazing,” he says, explaining that parts of the ship that are further back are in semi-perfect condition.

The most touching moment of the panel was when he discussed the remains that are still there.  They found shoes that have stayed in exactly where the bodies landed. “Mother’s shoes next to daughter’s shoes.” He said he’ll never move them. “Those are their tombstones.”  Both specials will premiere this April on NatGeo.

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