Nu­clear sub search be­hind Ti­tanic find

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THE se­cret true story of the dis­cov­ery of the Ti­tanic has fi­nally been told.

US Navy com­man­der and oceanog­ra­pher Robert Bal­lard found the wreck on the floor of the North At­lantic Ocean in 1985.

Through an ex­hi­bi­tion, called Ti­tanic: The Un­told

Story, he has re­vealed that rather than gen­uinely search­ing for the doomed ves­sel, he was on a war mis­sion for the mil­i­tary.

His job was to check on two toxic nu­clear sub­marines – and used his chance find of the Ti­tanic as his cover story, backed by the US Navy.

The Ti­tanic – at the time the world’s big­gest pas­sen­ger ship — left Southamp­ton on April 10, 1912, bound for New York with 2,200 on-board.

But it hit an ice­berg and sank in the North At­lantic Ocean five days later.

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