The wreck of the Titanic in 3D in Google Earth

Yesterday we showed you how to view the voyage of the Titanic in Google Earth and today we’re going to look at how to view a 3D model of the underwater wreckage.
When Google Earth 5 was released three years ago, it included the new ocean features with undersea terrain. As part of that, Google built a 3D model of the wreck of the Titanic and put it at the bottom of the ocean where it lies today. You can view that model by loading this KML file — be sure to have the “3D Buildings” layer turned on.


Another great model comes from ‘giotis’ in the Google 3D Warehouse. The model is loading on top of the water for me instead of at the bottom, but the level of detail is so high that I still felt it was worth sharing. You can view it for yourself with this KML file.

If you know of any other excellent 3D models of the ship, please leave a comment and let us know.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Well, at least Google now offers a slightly reworked version of their wreck model which has the previous “aft/stern” naming mix-up corrected. But it’s still facing the wrong way, and for me only the bow part is ever loading.

  2. Is there limitation that causes the model to be on the water surface?

  3. If the animation is supposed to be accurate, there should be no smoke coming from the fake funnel. 😉

  4. Loaded fine for me.. though hard to navigate with small models like these.
    The detailed 3D model looks really haunting, wish it was under water 🙂

  5. It loaded fine for me but it was difficult to navigate accurately, also wishing it was underwater

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