For over 30 years, scientists have been diving into the world’s most famous shipwreck. In April, it is 109 years since the passenger ship RMS “Titanic” supported on an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
The shipwreck is located at a depth of 3810 meters, southeast of Newfoundland.
After a diving expedition in 2019, researchers found that there was a “shocking” breakdown of the ship.
Therefore, they have wanted to retrieve objects – before it is too late.
RMS Titanic Inc., which manages Titanic items, has particularly wanted to pick up the ship’s iconic radio system, a Marconi wireless system.
The radio system in question sent out emergency calls and helped rescue 700 people in lifeboats.
The desire to retrieve the radio has led to a heated debate about whether there may be remains at the wreck.
Until now, thousands of objects have been picked up from the seabed, but then from the area around the shipwreck. To retrieve “the world’s most famous radio”, the company will send an unmanned submarine through a skylight or make a hole in the roof of the Titanic’s deck.
The US government has worked hard to stop the planned expedition. The United States believes the expedition violates U.S. law and a pact with Britain that the wreck is a memorial.
The company was upheld in court in Virginia in May – in return for submitting a concrete financial plan for the expedition and explaining how they would take care of the radio.
According to ABC News, RMS Titanic Inc. failed to deliver the financial plan on time. This should have been delivered to the court on 10 January.
Now the expedition cancels the dive, writes The Guardian.
The corona pandemic is to blame. RMS Titanic Inc. writes to the court that it has become more difficult with international travel and logistics, and that such an expedition in the middle of the pandemic will entail a health risk for the expedition team.
The company has also had to lay off Titanic experts such as Dave Gallo, PH Nargeolet, Bill Sauder and William Lange.
The company has been hit hard by the corona virus, as the museums exhibiting the Titanic artifacts have been closed.
Only a few departments have been open, and there have been far fewer visitors than usual.
According to the company, however, the expedition has “high priority”, and they want to dive down as soon as it is justifiable.
The Titanic was on its way from England to New York when it hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912. On September 1, 1985, the wreck was located and photographed.
Since then, hundreds of dives have been made down to the Titanic.