When we thought the dives to the Titanic would be canceled forever OceanGate submersible implosionA company plans to venture into the depths of the Atlantic in mid-2024.
It’s about organization RMS Titanic Inc Objects recovered from the remains of the Titanic from all over the world are on display here. So a dive funded by this company is nothing new.
However, after the events of a few months ago, the US government is not sympathetic to this mission and is trying to stop it. An international treaty and federal law recognizing the Titanic wreck as a holy grave would be the government’s arguments to stop this project.
(The pact between the United States and Britain specifies that the wreck is a memorial to the more than 1,500 people who died in the accident, and as such cannot be changed.)
The battle will be fought over the county of Norfolk, Virginia, which has jurisdiction over affairs related to the Titanic wreck.
The United States claims that entering or tampering with Titanic’s severed hull is regulated by law, and fears that artifacts could be disturbed or human remains that may still exist could be found.
That concern comes after RMS expressed its intention to “recover items from Marconi’s room, but only if those items are not attached to the debris.”
The Marconi room houses the ship’s radio and wireless telegraph, which was used to send the distress signal during the shipwreck.
“At this time, the company does not intend to dissect or sever any part of the wreckage,” the company said.
This isn’t the first time RMS has had litigation with the United States. In 2020, they endured an almost identical confrontation with a mission cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.