Wreck Protected?

Scott Mills

Jul 10, 2008
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
I am curious if anyone knows what, if any, legal protections exist for the wreck of the Empress of Ireland? I know relatively little about the wreck, other than it is in shallow water and still largely intact. Given that, I sort of find it odd that no attempt (other than to remove the silver) has been made over the years to salvage the wreck.

And, frankly speaking, I am a bit concerned given the current price of low-background steel, that if the wreck is not currently offered legal protection, someone may in the future be successful at pitching the idea of attempting to salvage and scrap her.
Nov 14, 2005
Current status I'm not sure. But there was a lot of diving on her to recover artifacts over the years. A lot of stuff was brought up. I know that one of the main salvage divers (actually a treasure hunter) had a change of heart about what he did and believe he was lobbying to get protection for her. But I don't know the outcome of that.

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