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Removal of artifacts from passenger shipwrecks....yay or nay?

Removal of artifacts from a passenger shipwreck - yay or nay

  • Yes, divers should be allowed to remove things WITHOUT regulation

    Votes: 1 20.0%
  • No, divers should not be allowed to remove things EVER

    Votes: 2 40.0%
  • Yes but only with tight regulation and guidance

    Votes: 2 40.0%
  • Not really sure

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


There is something about a passenger shipwreck that draws divers to explore them and sometimes those divers salvage bits and pieces as souvenirs.

Some wrecks are protected and some are not...Titanic & Lusitania are, but Andrea Doria is not...

What are your thoughts about removing artifacts from these wrecks...should they be left alone, treated as graves - which they are, afterall, to those who perished when the ships went down. Or should people be allowed to cherry-pick off them for either historical purposes or for financial reasons without any form of regulation?

Please add reasons for your decision in the thread. Thank you :)


With the confirmation that Costa Concordia's bell has been stolen...

Thieves evade lasers to nab Italian shipwreck's bell | Reuters

What does everyone else think about this sort of "collecting" by people?

Personally I am absolutely against it...to me it is like robbing a grave, you wouldn't do it on land, so why do it in the sea?

Concordia's bells isn't the first or last one to be stolen...Andrea Doria's went a year or so ago.....what are YOUR thoughts about the taking of parts or artifacts from wrecks, especially hwere lives were lost?


I voted yes. What is the purpose of leaving all this stuff at the bottom of the ocean? Most wrecks can provide salvage that gives us a glimpse into the past and many pieces would be of historical interest.