Researchers, archeologists, and the famous DiCaprio-Winslet love saga have made the Titanic a fascinating piece of sea voyage history. Now, the ship’s wreck will be protected for generations to come under a new treaty between the U.S. and England which places stricter regulations on removing artifacts from the vessel.
The company, RMS Titanic Inc, has already removed 5,500 artifacts from the ship since the wreckage’s discovery in 1985, but the new agreement requires joint approval from US and UK governments before expeditions can remove items. The treaty was created out of concern for submarine damage to the wreck and out of respect for the estimated 1,500 individuals who perished on board.
The new law designates the area as an international monument and would only grant permission to remove items for good educational or cultural reasons. As a symbol of historical and cultural significance, the new treaty ensures the site and its invaluable pieces will be preserved for the future.