Horror below the waterline: Photos reveal crumpled cabins on uprighted Costa Concordia cruise ship

A damaged side section of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the parbuckling operation that righted the stricken ship on Sept. 17, 2013. Tony Gentile / Reuters
Salvage operators in Italy lifted the cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images
After a salvage operation estimated to have cost more than $800 million, the enormous ship will remain in place for months more while it is stabilized and re-floated before being towed away to be broken up for scrap. Marco Secchi / Getty Images
At least 30 people died when the ship, with 4,200 passengers on board, hit rocks and ran aground in January 2012. Two of the bodies are yet to be recovered. Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images
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Salvage crews completed setting the wreck of the Costa Concordia upright in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19-hour-long operation off the Italian island of Giglio, where the huge cruise liner capsized in January last year.

Perhaps the most complex and expensive maritime salvage operation ever attempted saw the 114,500-ton ship pulled upright by a series of huge jacks and cables and set on artificial platforms drilled into the rocky sea bed. Read the full story.

This combination shows four photos of the Costa Concordia, after it ran aground on Jan. 14, 2012 (top left), beginning to emerge during the salvage operation on Sept. 16 (top right and bottom left) and after it was turned upright on Sept. 17 (bottom right). AFP - Getty Images
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