The hulk of the RMS Titanic slumbers at the bottom of the North Atlantic, just as it has for over a century. Like many, you might have first encountered the story of the Titanic through the award-winning movie. That, or perhaps you read about in a book, newspaper, or magazine. Either way, you know the gist of it — the Titanic embarked on her maiden voyage when the unsinkable happened. Even before she launched, the massive ship captured the imaginations of millions. That RMS Titanic sank, however, may have only added to her mystique.

01The Titanic, Lost and Found

Postage stamp Jersey 2012 printed in Jersey shows Titanic - 100 years, circa 2012 popovaphoto / Getty Images

For almost a century, the fate of the Titanic remained a mystery to some extent. Where did the hulk end up after the infamous sinking? What’ll interest you here is that the final resting place of the Titanic remained a state secret for 23 years. Robert Ballard discovered the wreck of RMS Titanic on an expedition with the US Navy in 1985. However, the mission remained classified until National Geographic broke the story in 2008.