Parylene Saved the Titanic

SCS was called to utilize its Parylene technology to stabilize many items recovered from the Titanic wreckage, which sat undisturbed for close to 80 years in the chilled salt-water of the Atlantic Ocean.

So what does Parylene have to do with a 100-year-old ship disaster? Well, it has to do with the effects of decades of salt water submersion. When the recovery team attempted to bring up artifacts from Titanic’s underwater grave, they needed to be able to stabilize the numerous paper products that were brought to the dry surface. Boarding passes, ship records, magazines, and even luggage tags were delicately preserved with a thin protective coating of Parylene, and will now be able to be viewed, handled, and studied for many years to come.

In addition to aiding in the preservation of many old books and documents, Parylene has also been used to strengthen and preserve important archaeological relics and artifacts around the world.

Who lead this effort? SCS was called in to find a method to use Parylene to stabilize these items so that generations would be able to see these items first hand. Today these items can be touched, picked up, and shared by many. These valuable historical items would have been otherwise lost if not for SCS Parylene.

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