Two related stories re-emerged recently that perhaps you will find interesting. Both carry controversy. 1) A legal obstacle has been removed from retrieval of the Marconi radio set from the sunken wreck. Judge clears the way for salvagers to open up the Titanic and retrieve Marconi radio (text below) 2) A publisher of a book on the Titanic made a claim that Amateur Radio was responsible for the disaster. I decided this topic is more suitable for QRZ Ham Radio discussions and created a separate thread in the forum. How Amateur Radio Sank The Titanic (link to Ham Radio Discussion thread) IMO while there may be some truth to this controversial historical tale, the projection and promotion of it could still be seen as hostile to the ARS of today, or better, a cautionary tale against too much deregulation, and deserves debate and counterpoint, as the modern battle for spectrum evolves. 73, John, WØPV ----------------- Abbreviated text from linked article, "In an order issued Monday in Norfolk, Va., District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith said RMS Titanic, the court-designated salvage firm for the Titanic, made its case that the radio had enough historic value to justify sending a specially equipped robot into the wreck. The remotely operated submersible would be equipped with tools to cut through the deckhouse if necessary." During a video session presented last month by Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate, Bretton Hunchak, president of RMS Titanic, said the expedition would focus on the Marconi radio for a number of reasons. “Many people have called it the voice of Titanic, and I don’t necessarily think that’s wrong,” Hunchak said. “What I do think is wrong is that some people think it’s just a radio. … The story of Titanic is really one about overcoming adversity, and I think in today’s environment, that rings truer than ever, right? We’re afraid to go outside, we’re afraid about what to do with our families.” He said the 700 passengers who survived the Titanic’s sinking faced similar adversity, and argued that the tabletop radio was emblematic of their survival. “The only reason there were survivors, and the only reason that we’re sitting here today discussing the wreck, and are able to do this research, is because of that radio,” Hunchak said. Putting the radio on exhibit will help the world “re-engage with Titanic,” he said.