Google, along with National Geographic, has launched a 3D virtual tour for Titanic, to celebrate 100 years since the ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912.
This virtual tour is actually the ship built in 3D, you will be able to zoom and move around the ship. There are no realistic pictures (like Google Street View) and you won’t be able to explore inside the ship neither.
How to view the 3D virtual tour? First of all, Google Earth is required, download the Windows application from here, free. (The software requires a capable video card or your system might become slow).
Searching for “Titanic”, Google Earth will just display the location where the ship sank, and around 3 photos with some information.
Download the file that will enable the 3D tour for Titanic from here, notice the “Download Model” link, select Download and then click on “Google Earth 4 (.kmz)”.
You can open this file by double-clicking on it or directly from Google Earth, “File”, “Open”, locate and select the downloaded file.
Once the file is open, notice the small frames that will appear, zoom-in until you can see the ship in 3D.
If you zoom-out, there are some realistic photos that will display the current state of Titanic. Move videos with the ship can be found on YouTube.