Issue of the day: Titanic's radio row
SHE sank to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean more than 100 years ago. Now plans to retrieve the Titanic's iconic radio equipment have sparked a moral debate relating to the possibility of human remains being disturbed in their watery grave.
On her maiden voyage, the luxury steamship - the largest afloat at the time - infamously struck an iceberg in waters known as “Iceberg Alley”, about 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, on April 15th, 1912 as she sailed for New York from Southampton.
Who wants the radio?
RMS Titanic Inc, the company that owns the salvage rights, want to retrieve and exhibit the Marconi wireless telegraph machine from the “silent room” on the Titanic, where the main telegraph transmitter was located. Without the radio, there would likely have been no survivors at all.
The Marconi radio broadcast the sinking ocean liner's distress calls, one of which was picked up by an operator on the Cunard liner, Carpathia, who turned and steamed the 60 miles toward the Titanic - a four hour trip. By the time Carpathia arrived at the location, the massive ship had split in two and sunk two hours earlier.
More than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew on board the Titanic were lost to the ocean, but four days after the sinking, the Carpathia sailed into New York carrying more than 700 survivors rescued from lifeboats, as well as 300 bodies.
The wreck has long been dived?
Since 1987 - two years after its discovery by National Ge....