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Today the premiere of the documentary series "Expedition to the bottom"

Tonight (8 October) at 10 p.m. the first episode of the new season of the documentary series Drain The Oceans will premiere. This time the hugely popular National Geographic documentary series will be visiting the Baltic Sea to bring viewers closer to the most magnificent shipwrecks sunken in its depths. The Baltic Sea is one
Published: October 8, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:16
Today the premiere of the documentary series “Expedition to the bottom”

Tonight (8 October) at 10 p.m. the first episode of the new season of the documentary series Drain The Oceans will premiere. This time the hugely popular National Geographic documentary series will be visiting the Baltic Sea to bring viewers closer to the most magnificent shipwrecks sunken in its depths.

The Baltic Sea is one of the most interesting bodies of water in terms of the number and variety of shipwrecks lying on its seabed. The Baltic Sea has always been an important transport route between the countries that have access to its shores, as well as the scene of numerous military conflicts.

Exploration of the Steuben wreck
The wreck of the SS Steuben during an inventory in 2019 photo by Tomasz Stachura

As a result, for hundreds of years, more ships and vessels have disappeared irretrievably into its depths, which, thanks to very special conditions unparalleled in many other seas (low temperature, very low salinity, little oxygen and little sunlight), have survived in fantastic condition until today.

With the development of technical diving and the continuous progress that has allowed us to provide divers with the right equipment for searching and exploring wrecks, we have finally stood at the threshold of the golden age of wreck discoveries.

Steuben wreck dive 2019
Steuben’s inventory showed the deplorable condition of the wreck photo: Tomasz Stachura

Therefore, no one should be surprised by the fact that every now and then information about finding another wreck appears, most often with magnificent photographic and video documentation. On the basis of great discoveries and wonderful materials, the exceptional series Drain The Oceans was created, which brought the world of shipwrecks out of the depths and onto television screens in a completely unique and unprecedented way.

The result was the creation of a documentary series about wrecks that appealed not only to divers. All thanks to… the removal of water! Yes, yes… The creators decided that the best way to bring wrecks closer to the mass audience would be to use the latest technology and take them out of the water to present them in their full glory.

Unusually exceptional wrecks resting in the Baltic Sea, on which the creators of the “Expedition to the bottom” concentrated especially, are one of the so-called the Baltic titanic – SS Steuben and the magnificent the galleon Mars. What connects both wrecks in a special way is the Polish technical diving group Baltictech.

Mars galleon wreck - mosaic
Spectacular mosaic of the Mars galleon wreck created by Tomasz Stachura

During a number of international expeditions to the wreck of a 16th century Swedish galleon, two members of Baltictech, Tomasz Stachura and the late Dimitris Stavrakakis, have contributed to its exploration and the creation of fantastic and, for those times, pioneering documentation. The Tricity group also assisted the National Geographic team in making footage of the Steuben wreck.

The premiere episode of the series “Expedition to the Bottom” will be screened tonight (Thursday, October 8) at 10 p.m., on National Geographic’s open access band.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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