The salvage firm that has robbed silverware, china and gold coins from the ruins of the Titanic now wants to restore the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted the doomed ship's more and more frantic heartbreak calls.
Lawyers for the company, R.M.S. Titanic, Inc., mentioned attestor before a federal judge on Thursday to describe why the company should be permitted to probably cut into the rapidly distressed ship to restore the device before it's irretrievable.
"It's one of those iconic artifacts, like the signal flares (that the sinking ship-launched)," witness David Gallo, an oceanographer who former from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is now a paid specialist for the firm.
Gallo, who testified in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, said that rescuing the device was not a "fatal robbery" but a way to connect people to the ship's legacy and honor its passengers.
Marine U.S.A. who served as president of Titanic Rescue. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith said it would be too early for her to make a decision on the proposal. She said she needed additional details and raised scheduling other hearing sometime in the future.