On January 13th, 2012, the giant Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and sank off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, after running into an underwater rock, claiming 32 lives. In August 2014, in the midst of the salvaging operation, photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski secretly snuck onto the ship to document it in photos.

“The sinking of the Costa Concordia, which occurred almost exactly 100 years after the Titanic, is often interpreted as a portent for the ongoing European crisis,” writes Kielkowski. “It was August 2014 when I decided to swim onboard the remains of the Costa Concordia and document what was left after the ship was under water for over two and a half years and before the dismantling process started.”

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The bridge. Parts of which have already been removed for scrap.

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Some parts did not end up submerged and thus aren’t particularly damaged.

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Captain Francesco Schettino, aka ‘Captain Coward’ straight bailed from the ship when the disaster happened, leaving the the stricken ship without a captain or clear plan, resulting in confusion and panic, greatly contributing to the deaths. In 2015 he was sentenced to 16 years in prison on (amount other things) 32 counts of manslaughter.

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Part of the casino.

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Part of the lower decks on the starboard side which were all completely submerged.

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All photo credit to Jonathan Danko Kielkowski.

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