Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard

Lost at Sea:

Join our special exhibit “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard”.

Now previewing! Official opening October 31, 2018.

“Everyone is an explorer.

How could you possibly live your life looking at a door and not open it ?”

– Dr. Robert Ballard

Battleship IOWA Museum launches “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard,” with previews during LA Fleet Week, opening to the public on September 4th. Ballard is known the world over for his discovery of the final resting place of RMS Titanic; yet, many vessels that have been claimed by our oceans and seas lie undisturbed in “undersea museums” and will be revealed aboard the historic USS IOWA. The retrospective is a showcase for the museum highlighting many of the world’s historically noted underwater wrecks found by the explorer.

“Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard” was made possible by a generous grant from the Confidence Foundation and is sponsored by Dr. Robert Ballard, Port of Los Angeles, Ocean Exploration Trust, and AltaSea.

The deep sea overview includes displays of the luxury liner RMS Lusitania, sunk by the Germans during World War I, explored off the coast of Ireland in 1993; Titanic’s sister ship, HMHS Britannic, brought to the ocean’s floor by a World War I German mine; and PT-109, President John F. Kennedy’s boat, that at the age of 26, the future commander-in-chief risked his life to save his crew, becoming a war-hero and setting a future political stage. Five additional wrecks including USS Thresher, USS Scorpion, Germany’s U-166 (part of Operation Drumbeat where Hitler’s U-boats prowled America’s coast), the mighty German battleship KM Bismarck, USS Yorktown and ships from The Battle of Guadalcanal will be explored as visitors tour through the newly created exhibition space throughout Battleship IOWA Museum.
“This exhibition features some of my most significant shipwreck expeditions,” says explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. “We are presenting not only the expeditions but the historical context of each incident. The excitement that each expedition presented, we should not lose sight of the significant toll of human life lost at sea that each shipwreck represents.”