I think it's fairly obvious it is about making money, but still a great opportunity. I'm afraid it's beyond my means, but it would sure be a great way to learn more about Bismarck's final battle. The lectures and mixing with knowledgeable people alone would be worthwhile.
I don't think anyone is permitted to remove artifacts, are they? In any case this is not the first expedition by this company and I don't recall any complaints of that nature.
I think Bismarck should be left in peace. It's the same with the RMS Titanic, there have been many other expeditions, what else is there to learn? It's a war grave and should be left alone. and yes I do think that the German Gov't has to give the go-ahead. I presume thaey have if the expedition has already been anounced?
celticmarine10 wrote:... It's a war grave and should be left alone. ...
Why should one leave them alone? In general visting wargraves is a good thing and if one can learn more about the times during such a visit it's even better. About Bismarck in particular there are still a great many unanswered questoins and such expeditions could potentially answer some of them.
I think there is a difference between visiting a cemetry to pay respects at the graveside and going along to the cemetry under cover of darkness to dig up graves for souveneers. The latter is a criminal offence in England under a sixteenth century law, which was used a couple of years ago for the first time since the 1800's against a cretin who dug up the grave of a huntsman to steal the bones.
I think much of this reasoning applies to maritime sunken war graves - pay respects yes, but don't touch or interfere.
''Give me a Ping and one Ping only'' - Sean Connery.
Maybe its me but I see nothing wrong with an expedition to a sunken warship for research purposes as long as nothing is disturbed and it is done in a respectful manner. People visit battlefields to gain knowledge of what transpired. I would put this in the same category!
"I will not have my ship shot out from under my ass!"