|My view on the salvage of artifacts is simple, if they are
taking the items from the debris field then I am all for it, but if they are destroying
the wreck to remove items then that is wrong. I think the ship should be left in
tact for as long as possible, that way future generations will be able to go down and see
this wonderful ship. As the ship continues to deteriorate, and starts to fall apart,
then and only then will think it is ok to dig deeper. When I say fall apart, I mean
that the superstructure fails and it collapses into a big pile of rubble. I know a
lot of people feel this is the gravesite for the 1500 people that died, and indeed it is
their tombstone, but if bringing back artifacts help keep us aware of the tradegy and help
future generation learn from it, then I say we owe it to ourselves to do it.
The one thing I am against is the selling of any of the artifacts, and that includes the coal. I think everything that is brought up should be restored and put into travelling museums all around the world. I welcome your views and if you have another view or compelling point, I will be happy to publish it in this area.
I am in favor of salvage of the wreck. At first I had very mixed feelings about it. I wasn't sure that it was right to disturb what in all rights is a grave. But then I learned about a family that never knew they had a connection with the Titanic until a suitcase was brought up. They discovered that there were family letters in this suitcase that opened up an intimate relationship for them with the Titanic. Also, If there are some families still looking for closure to their loss after all these years, and a piece that is brought up can bring it to them, I am all for it. I believe that it is important that future generations can continue to keep Titanic and her memory alive. Without the salvage of artifacts would this happen? Or would she continue to disintegrate at the bottom of the ocean and be forgotten.
I don't agree with removing anything from the structure of the ship itself and I really don't know that anyone should dig deeper into the wreck once she collapses, they may find things they really don't want to. What is entombed inside the wreck should be left undisturbed. On Tuesday night I attended a lecture at the University of Akron, Ohio by Dr. Ballard.