<<I have to say that I dont really consider Titanic a grave site as much as I consider her the site of a disaster. When the Arizona was sunk and most of her crew died that didnt stop the US Navy from stripping everything useful off of her even though 90% of her crew died. Like wise we see airliners that crash are cleaned up and bodies recovered.>>
My first post on this forum! I was reading Pelligrino's new book "Farewell Titanic", and he writes about finding a skull in the wreckage of the Grand Staircase reception area, so doesn't that make it a grave site? And then there's the tureen with a finger bone and gold ring.
And then there's Ballard's unforgettable footage in Return to Titanic of the women's shoes, indicating she was lying on her side, with a little girl's shoes and hair comb resting beside her. Even though the bodies are long gone, IMHO it's still a grave site.
As for the Arizona, car accidents, plane wrecks etc, these are not salvage operations. Indeed, the Arizona Memorial is one of the greatest memorials in the world. Not salvage.
With all the experts on here, I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot about what I've said in these comments and misunderstood (and I look forward to it!)
You will find out as I did from others on here that a lot of what Pelligrino writes in his books is all conjecture and most of the time is just what he believes with no facts or evidence to back him up. If a skull was found in the grand staircase reception area we would have heard bout it. To this date no skulls or remains have been positively identified other than bones of a lamb which was remains of a meal.
The Arizona, car accidents, plane wrecks, etc are salvage operations. You salvage the wreckage for one of two reasons, one reason would be to find out what happened and why, the second reason would be to remove the wreckage out of an area. When it comes to car wrecks, the hulks are taken to junkyards where parts are stripped off and resold. Wreckage of planes are sent out to scrap yards and shreaded for scrap iron and sold. The Arizona had all useful military items stripped from her and recycled on other warships. The Arizona was and still is a tomb of 90% of her crew that died when she sank, but that didnt stop their tomb from being touched and stripped of all useful parts. That is the point I am making is that some view a grave site as the location where a person`s remains has been laid to rest. I would put forth the view point that the dead of Titanic were never offically laid to rest, it is no different than a car wreck or a plane crash. A car wreck or plane crash that takes many lives does not instantly become a gravesite.