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Call to recover Titanic's telegraph machine

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The salvage firm that has plucked silverware, china and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted the doomed ship's increasingly frantic distress calls.

Lawyers for the company, R.M.S. Titanic, Inc., called witnesses before a federal judge on Thursday to explain why the company should be allowed to possibly cut into the rapidly deteriorating ship to recover the device before it's irretrievable.

U. S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, the maritime jurist who presides over Titanic salvage matters, said it was too early for her to make any decisions on the proposal. She said she needed more details and proposed scheduling another hearing sometime in the future.

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-02-firm-recover-titanic-iconic-telegraph.html

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XenoFish

I thought that most of the titanic and what's in it was beyond salvage. I figured sea water would've ate it all away by now.

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Not A Rockstar

I vote no. This is just a profiteering grab. They decided it was a graveyard at this point and only the debris field could be salvaged. This requires cutting into the hull. Just no. Once cut into they will want anything else they can get to on the inside.

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Stiff

Quick question as I'm not very up on marine tech and legalities. Is the site guarded? Or monitored in some way? If not, how could they stop anyone plundering the site? Obviously anything removed illegally would have no real provenance but would possibly sell to the right hands on the black market somewhere.

As an anecdote, I used to work, subcontracted, for a marine company on ship refits. The owner of the company was believed to be the biggest collector of Titanic artifacts. I forget what kind of stuff he owned but it was an impressive list.

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Crikey

Speaking of the Titanic, me and some mates bumped into a lady in the city centre who was obsessed with the ship, and she showed us a locket round her neck which she said contained a few tiny bits of coal from the ships coal bunkers. Later I realised I should have asked her how exactly the coal got up from the seabed to be sold to people like her?

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MissJatti

Let her RIP god damn it.

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razman

I don't know if I would want to wear any coal from the wreck.

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