The video feed was to end before most of readers in the US would be awake, so we captured a few screen shots of the video which give a first look at the starboard side of the ship which has been under the water for the last 20 months. This was the time it was also giving engineers their first look at the damage to the side of the ship on which its weight had been resting for almost two years. These are not high resolution images for publication; they just taken from the video feed as it came up to give our readers a first look at the damage.
This wide shot shows the entire 900-foot ship, and much of the structure looks remarkably undamaged. As the engineers noted in one of the press conferences yesterday, as it was raised, the ship experienced little bending or torsion during the parbuckling. This image can serve to help you orient yourself as you look at some of the details below. Note that many of the top deck features (including most of the funnel) were removed while the ship was on its side.
This image shows the forward part of the ship shot looking forward from just behind. Note the starboard bridge wing for orientation. If you remember the iconic images of the ship's bow and port bridge wing from when the ship was on its side, this image demonstrates how much of the ship is now underwater. Note the brown grime that covers most of the parts of the ship that were underwater.
This picture was taken looking toward the bow and almost directly into the navigational bridge. As you can see there is now only one deck visible below the bridge. Note the diagonal line of grime and rust that is running through the center of the ship. This was the waterline when the ship was resting on its side only hours before.
Photos courtesy of Costa Crociere, all rights reserved.