Legendary Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship's time on April 14, 1912, and sank just over two hours later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives , the wreckage being at a depth of 12.467 feet approximately 350 miles south of Newfoundland.
More than 100 years after the Titanic’s sinking, the disaster continues to be a source of fascination. A salvage firm has received approval from a judge in Virginia to remove from the wreck the telegraph machine that was used to send distress signals at the time of the catastrophe. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is historically and culturally important and could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck site. Salvage company RMS Titanic Inc. plans to retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph and submitted a 60-page plan of the operation. The company said an unmanned submersible would slip through a skylight or cut the heavily corroded roof to retrieve the radio.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others have fiercely opposed the mission. NOAA argued in court documents that the telegraph is likely surrounded “by the mortal remains of more than 1,500 people,” and should be left alone.