US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — US District Court Judge decided that RMS Titanic , which has exclusive rights to lift artifacts from the crash site, will be able to open the ship’s superstructure to save the telegraph before it is lost forever. This summer, rescuers plan to send an unmanned underwater vehicle to the sunken ship to remove the device.
“The Marconi has significant historical, educational, scientific, and cultural value because it was with its help that the Titanic sent distress signals,” – Rebecca Beach Smith, Judge, District Court in Norfolk.
The judge added that RMS Titanic will be allowed to open the structure with minimal impact on the ship’s superstructure in order to reach the ship’s telegraph room.
The court ruled despite criticism from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , which stated that the ship should remain intact out of respect for the memory of 1,496 dead.
“The alleged benefits of opening the Titanic to extract Marconi equipment are simply not worth the cost of resources and are not in the public interest,” NOAA representatives wrote in an April lawsuit.
According to a proposal by RMS Titanic , the underwater vehicle will first attempt to enter the telegraph room through a glazed skylight. If this proves impossible, he will make a hole in the roof of the telegraph room, disconnect the fasteners and raise the device to the surface.
Earlier, RMS Titanic representatives repeatedly drew attention to the worsening condition of the vessel. Its fragments are located at a depth of 3750 meters in international waters at a distance of about 650 kilometers southeast of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. “In the next few years, the ceiling is expected to collapse, it can bury the remains of the world’s most famous radio station,” the company noted in January.
The interior of the telegraph room with the Marconi device was shown in a scene that did not end up in the 1997 Titanic movie by James Cameron.
The famous ocean liner “Titanic” was the largest ship of its time. He sank during the first flight from Southampton to New York after a collision with an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. The catastrophe claimed the lives of 1496 people, 712 were saved.
The wreckage of a ship that split into two in a wreck was discovered in 1985. Since then, more than five thousand artifacts of historical value have been raised from the bottom, but all of them were found in easily accessible rooms, where the devices penetrated through open doors, broken windows or breaks in the hull.
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