National Geographic : 1986 Dec
human remains," recalled Ballard, who was peering out Alvin's view port. "It scared the hell out of me." An electric heater (facing page, top right), an adjunct to the ship's heating system, was a feature found only in first class cabins. Battered but still shining, a silver serving bowl (facing page, left) lies next to a clogged steam pipe. Remaining largely intact, wooden stairsteps (facing page, right)were spared by wood borers, possibly because of treatment with an anti weathering compound. Its wooden slats long gone, the metal frame of a deck bench (above) rests against a section of heating duct. A weighted base made of lead keeps a spittoon from one of the smoking rooms in an upright position (top). The corroding action of currents of up to three quarters of a knot, strong for the ocean floor, have had little effect on a corrosion-resistant copper pot (above).