The structure of the Titanic, which has been intact since the liner sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, may no longer be intact because a judge in Virigina (USA) authorized a company to cut off and recover the ship’s Marconi wireless telegraph, according to local media reports.
Norfolk federal court judge Rebecca Beach Smith approved the expedition organized by the company RMS Titanic Inc, which she considered “a unique opportunity to recover an artifact that will contribute to the legacy left by the indelible loss” of this ship. The decision of this maritime judge, who presides over the court in charge of managing matters related to the Titanic, contradicts that made by the same court in 2000, when she was not yet a member of this triumvirate, which ruled that no part of the ship could be cut or removed.
Despite the new edict, the realization of this expedition is not assured, since, according to local media, the same court has yet to approve the financing of the project, something that could be difficult due to the current pandemic. If RMS Titanic Inc. finally receives the go-ahead, the company plans to launch the operation this summer using high-tech robots that would extract the coveted telegraph.
However, funding may not be the only obstacle to this plan, as the same media outlets point out that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has argued in court that the Titanic must be respected, as it is the tomb of the approximately 1,500 people who perished in the shipwreck.