Plan to grab Titanic's telegraph leads to debate over human remains

People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights.

But the companys plan to retrieve the ships iconic radio equipment has sparked a debate: Could the worlds most famous shipwreck still hold remains of passengers and crew who died a century ago?

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A large-scale 360 degree panorama presentation of the Titanic shipwreck by artist Yadegar Asisi on January 27, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany.

Lawyers for the US government have raised that question in an ongoing court battle to block the planned expedition.

They cite archaeologists who say remains could still be there. And they say the company fails to consider the prospect in its dive plan.

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Fifteen hundred people died in that wreck, said Paul Johnston, curator of maritime history at the Smithsonians National Museum of American History.

You cant possibly tell me that some human remains arent buried deep somewhere where there are no currents.

The company, RMS Titanic Inc, wants to exhibit the ship's Marconi wireless telegraph machine. It broadcast the sinking ocean liner's distress calls and helped save about 700 people in lifeboats.

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