Officials from Titanic Historical Society in Springfield shocked
By Ray Kelly - Massachusetts Live.com
Leaders of the Indian Orchard-based Titanic Historical Society reacted with shock on Monday to news that another salvage mission to the world’s most famous shipwreck is under consideration.
“Oh, God,” said Edward S. Kamuda, president of the 4,000-member international society. “I was under the impression that they were going to lay off of this.”
The first expedition to the North Atlantic wreck site since 2004 was revealed in a filing by RMS Titanic Inc. in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., where four days of hearings are scheduled this week on the company’s claim for a salvage award.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, a maritime jurist who considers the wreck an “international treasure,” will preside over the hearings. They are intended to establish legal guarantees that thousands of Titanic artifacts remain intact as a collection and forever accessible to the public. Some pieces have ended up in London auction houses.
Lawyers for RMS Titanic Inc. confirmed a possible expedition in 2010 to the Associated Press, but declined to discuss the plans in detail.