>>Actually a great many Titanic enthusiasts have agreed with me on the subject of "illegal" salvage. <<
Which would make it right...how? Just because a majority (Real or imagined) favours something does not make it a good idea.
>>Museums may not be too keen on buying stolen artifacts, but when one thinks about it aren't most treasures, relics from ancient tombs or precious gems, housed in museums of circumspect origin? <<
And the alleged crimes of the past justifies criminal action in the present...how??? (Hint:Two wrongs don't make a right!)