Titanic’s ‘final distress signals’ must be rescued before it disappears forever -families say
Families of passengers and crew who died during the sinking of RMS Titanic have backed plans to save the ship’s ‘final distress signals’ or ‘voice’ during its controversial expedition.
Next summer, a US salvage firm plans to extract the famous Marconi wireless set that broadcast RMS Titanic’s final distress signals as it sank on April 12, 1912.
It would mark the first time any treasures have been taken from inside the wreck itself. The project has been fiercely opposed by the UK and US governments who say the wreck is a grave site and should be left in peace.
The US salvage firm plans to extract the famous Marconi wireless set at the wreckage scene of the Titanic.
Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of 15 April 1912, after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making the sinking one of modern history’s deadliest peacetime commercial marine disasters.
Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time. The ocean liner carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe, who were seeking a new life in the United States. The first-class accommodation was designed to be the pinnacle of comfort and luxury, with a gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants, and opulent cabins.
A high-powered radiotelegraph transmitter was available for sending passenger “marconigrams” and for the ship’s operational use.