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Shortly Before Midnight On Sunday, April 14th, 1912 The Largest Liner In The World Struck An Iceberg In The North Atlantic. A Little More Then Two And A Half Hours Later,Britian's RMS Titanic Sank And Around 1,500 People Lost Their Lives.The Titanic's Sinking Was The Worst Nightmare Disaster Ever To Take Place During Peacetime And It Was One Of The Most Incredible Accidents That Could Have Occured. Many People Had Described The Liner As "Unsinkable" No One Believed That Anything Could Cause The Titanic To Sink And No One Could Forsee That It WOuld Happen On The Grand Ship's Maiden Voyage,Or First Atlantic Crossing. The Odds Against The Titanic Going Down Were Probably A Million To One!.... The Titanic Was Called R.M.S Titanic For Royal Mail Ship The Ship Carried Almost 3,500 Bags Of Mail In Addition To 900 Tons Of Baggage, The Ship Measured 46,328 Gross Tons Which Made Her 50 Percent Larger Then Any Larger Boat Afloat. "She" And "Her" Are The Traditional Words Used To When Referring To A Ship. The Ship Was Over 883 Feet(260meters) Long From Front To Back.This Is About The Same As Four City Blocks. The Ship Was 92.5feet(30meters) Wide In The Middle. She Measured 104feet(30Meters) Almost As High As An Eleven Story Building. She Cost Over $10 Million In 1912 Money To Make The Ship Had 4 Majestic Smokestacks In The Heyday Of Great Ship's A Four-Stacked Liner Was A Symbol Of Elegance And Luxury. Three Of The Funnels Were Actually Used For Carrying Off Smoke And Steam But The Fourth Was A Dummy And Was Used As A Ventilator. Each Smokestack Averaged 62feet(19metres) And Was 22Feet 6.5Metres Across Two Train Locomotives Side By Side Could Fit in Each Tunnel...ęBy Frank Sloan-Titanic But All Info On My Page Is ęBy Me, Arron. Please Dont Copy This Info Word For Word From My Page To Yours That Wouldn't Be Fair For Me Right

Published Monday August 6th, 2007 thanks www.canadaeast.com

WASHINGTON (CP) - The United States is taking legal steps to protect the Titanic wreck off Newfoundland from scavengers.

But there's a lot of concern among some as the government moves in, 95 years after the supposedly unsinkable ship disappeared below the harsh North Atlantic waves.

David Bederman, an adviser for the company with salvage rights, which owns many Titanic artifacts currently on display in Toronto and Victoria, isn't convinced it's a good idea.

"We're concerned about bureaucrats trying to manage a common resource," said Bederman, an Atlanta law professor who has helped Premier Exhibitions and its parent company, RMS Titanic Inc., obtain an ironclad legal claim to more than 6,000 relics such as coins, diaries and cufflinks.

"It could make things worse."

The U.S. State Department has sent legislation to Congress to comply with a deal struck with Canada, France and the United Kingdom to protect the site.

Only the U.K. has officially endorsed the treaty. Canada's efforts have failed to result in legislation.

The famed passenger liner was on its maiden voyage when it struck an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912, taking some 1,500 people down with it.

Premier, which obtained salvage rights to the Titanic nearly 15 years ago and promised to keep the artifacts together, has been trying to monitor the site, said Bederman, a maritime law expert.

And it doesn't have to be on the spot to do it, he said, thanks to satellite tracking systems and accounting for the handful of submersibles around the world capable of diving that deep.

The U.S. State Department, though, is determined to ensure that the Titanic is designated an international maritime memorial.

"This is an icon that is known around the world," said Ole Varner, who helped write the legislation at the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.

"This is moving away from finder's keepers. It's important to try to get out front on taking the recognized international archeological standards and putting them into law."

The government, said Varner, could be a good partner for the custodians of Titanic.

U.S. officials are hoping the move will spur Canada and others to finally endorse the first international deal of its kind.

"We're hoping Canada and France will ultimately join," said Varner. "We're reaching out to other nations with submersible capability," especially Russia.

The U.S. legislation, which faces a long winding path through Congress, would set up a permit system for future salvage operations.

It was originally sent to Congress last year but didn't go anywhere.

It was sparked, in part, by rumours of scavengers on Titanic, a swath of tangled steel with a far-flung debris field about 650 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland.

"We don't have evidence of looting but there are some suspicions there," said Varner, including talk of one unauthorized expedition.

American Robert Ballard, who found the world's most famous shipwreck 3,800 metres below the ocean's surface in 1985, returned in 2004 on a NOAA expedition that found evidence of deterioration.

It's not known, said Varner, whether that's from looting or simply the passage of time.

Ballard, who also made the first detailed study of the wreck, has long called attention to the problem of shipwrecks being stripped by salvagers.

"The deep sea is the biggest museum in the world," he said. "Yet there's no lock on the

Adventure tourism groups are also landing submersible vehicles at the shipwreck.