If you have two free weeks and $60,000 to spare, The New York Times has a vacation idea to suggest: Go visit the Titanic on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Visiting the wreckage is apparently popular among certain kinds of deep-pocketed tourists, but the practice is not without detractors: “Scientists and scholars worry about new damage to the famous ship,” the Times reports, resulting in large part from carelessness and clumsiness. Passing cruise ships dump garbage and beer cans on the wreckage, and some visitors have even “accidentally bumped into the increasingly fragile wreck.” Are there no laws protecting the ship’s resting place?
Actually, there are, according to a 2006 article in The Emory International Law Review. The article notes that four countries (the