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Fully upright, the ship finally reveals the full extent of the damage it suffered while submerged for so many months.

This time-lapse shows the wreckage of the Costa Concordia slowly being raised more than 19 months after it ran aground killing 32 people on board.

The sequence shows the sunken ship before the salvage operation begun on Monday at dawn and continues late into the evening before the successful recovery operation was completed.

Maritime engineers declared the Costa Concordia cruise ship completely upright early on Tuesday after a 19-hour operation to pull it from its side after it capsized last year.

The operation to right it had been expected to take no more than 12 hours, but dragged on after some initial delays with the vast system of steel cables, pulleys and counterweights. The final phase of the rotation went remarkably fast as gravity began to kick in and pull the ship toward its normal vertical position.

The Concordia slammed into a reef off Giglio Island on January 13, 2012, after the captain brought it too close to shore. The cruise ship drifted, listed and capsized just off the island’s port.

Two bodies were never recovered.

The Concordia’s captain is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship during the chaotic and delayed evacuation.

Captain Francesco Schettino claims the reef wasn’t on the nautical charts for the liner’s week-long Mediterranean cruise.

Source: APTN.

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Photo credit: The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia during the "parbuckling" operation next to Giglio Island. Tony Gentile / Reuters