More than 100 years after the famed RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from London to New York, countries have joined together to protect the wreck site. The State Department announced December 19 that an international agreement involving the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada and France went into effect to do just that.
The pact, formally called the Agreement Concerning the Shipwrecked Vessel Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic, states that the countries have agreed to protect the wreck site from looting and other unregulated salvage.
The agreement is intended to keep artifacts from the Titanic together so that the public can access them.
“The RMS Titanic is of major national and international historical, cultural, and scientific significance and merits appropriate protection,” the State Department said.