Should Artifacts from Shipwrecks Be Salvaged?

Do you think it is better to leave shipwrecks, and their artifacts, undisturbed—or—do you think specialists should raise sunken ships, or at least retrieve some of their artifacts, so they can be displayed in museums? Explain your position.

Media Credits

This photographic view of sunken Titanic's bow was taken in 2004 by NOAA's underwater ROV called Hercules. The vessel is resting on the floor of the Atlantic, at a depth of 12,000 feet, about 350+ nautical miles off the shore of Newfoundland.


NOAA describes the photo with these words:


View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004 by the ROV Hercules during an expedition returning to the shipwreck of the Titanic. Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI).


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