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United Nations: Titanic’s wreckage, which has remained at the bottom of the North Atlantic for 100 years, will now come under the protection of the United Nations’ cultural body that seeks to safeguard wrecks, decorated caves and other cultural relics underwater.

Till now, remains of the Titanic were not eligible for protection under UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, which applies only to wreckage that has remained submerged for at least 100 years.

As 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the ship’s wreckage will now come under the cover of the UNESCO convention.

"The sinking of the Titanic is anchored in the memory of humanity and I am pleased that this site can now be protected by the UNESCO Convention," UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement on Thursday.

Bokova called on divers not to dump equipment or commemorative plaques on the Titanic site. Read more.

Washington - Litter bugs on the high seas are fouling the Titanic’s watery grave with beer cans, plastic cups, even soap boxes, a century after the “unsinkable” luxury liner went down, experts said.

Contrary to popular belief, the wreck of history’s greatest maritime disaster is not swiftly rusting away 3 780m under the North Atlantic. In fact, it looks likely to stay intact for many decades to come.

"The basic hull remains very strong and very solid," said James Delgado, director of the marine heritage program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a US federal agency.

"You still have wood and fabric preserved inside," said Delgado, who personally saw the Titanic up close from inside a Russian Mir submersible vehicle during an August 2010 expedition to precisely map its vast debris field. Read more.

EUGENE, Ore. — The Titanic captivated the world when it sank in 1912. And it’s continued to fascinate for generations. Now, $200 million-worth of Titanic treasures are up for auction April 15th—100 years to the day after the ship set sail.

But as the centennial approaches, a Eugene archaeologist, said he strongly objects to the removal and auction of the artifacts from the ship.
“I don’t think the site has been treated properly,” said archaeologist Richard Pettigrew, at his home office in Eugene on Friday.  “It hasn’t been treated scientifically, or with the kind of respect that it should be treated with, and that’s why I’m objecting to it.”
Pettigrew said for-profit removal of Titanic artifacts was flawed from the get-o.
“Imagine a crime scene: when police arrive on the scene they section if off to prevent people from disturbing the evidence. Right?” said Pettigrew ,as he sat in his chair with a picture of the Titanic on his desk top computer behind him. “Well, that’s what an archaeology site is.” Read more.

NEW YORK - The biggest collection of Titanic artifacts is to be sold off as a single lot in an auction timed for the 100th anniversary in April of the sinking of the famed ocean liner.

The 5,500 item collection, valued in 2007 at $189 million, was recovered from seven research and recovery expeditions to the Titanic wreck site in the North Atlantic Ocean between 1987 and 2004, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The seller is the Titanic’s court-appointed salvor, Premier Exhibitions, a museum exhibition company, whose subsidiary RMS Titanic Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the Titanic, the filing said.

The items, which were not identified in the filing, will be sold as a complete collection and offered for sale as one lot by Guernsey’s Auctioneers in New York. Read more.

ALPENA — James Delgado has never worked with high school students during his time as a nautical archaeologist but he was impressed earlier this summer.

Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical archaeologist and former chief scientist for mapping the Titanic shipwreck, worked with five Arthur Hill High School students during “Project Shiphunt.”

“They did a tremendous job,” he said. “We knew they were smart, hard-working young people, but they turned it to the next level.”

The project gave Juniors Tiesha Anderson, James E. Willett and Yer Vang and seniors Tierrea Billings and Cody Frost the opportunity to search for shipwrecks off the coast of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena. Read more.

Belfast - The RMS Titanic, perhaps the world’s best known shipwreck, just turned 100. Maritime historians generally consider the date of a ship’s launch to be its official birth date. The shipyard of Harland & Wolff, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, launched RMS Titanic on May 31, 1911. Once afloat, the 46,328 gross register ton Olympic class ocean liner was completed by shipyard workers before setting out on its tragic maiden voyage nearly a year later. The 100 birthday of Titanic is a landmark event in that the wreck is now considered an archaeological resource site as defined under the United States Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

After it struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, the Titanic became the catalyst for the development of international law on safety of navigation, including the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, as well as for the establishment of the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and prevention of marine pollution by ships. Read more.

Five days after the passenger ship the Titanic sank, the crew of the rescue ship Mackay-Bennett pulled the body of a fair-haired, roughly 2-year-old boy out of the Atlantic Ocean on April 21, 1912. Along with many other victims, his body went to a cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the crew of the Mackay-Bennett had a headstone dedicated to the “unknown child” placed over his grave.

When it sank, the Titanic took the lives of 1,497 of the 2,209 people aboard with it. Some bodies were recovered, but names remained elusive, while others are still missing. But researchers believe that they have finally resolved the identity of the unknown child — concluding that he was 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England. Read more.