Courts later declared RMS Titanic salvor-in-possession — meaning it had exclusive rights to salvage the shipwreck — but explicitly stated it did not own the artifacts or the wreck itself.
RMS recovered artifacts from the shipwreck in expeditions in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004.
In her ruling last year, Smith marveled at the derring-do of RMS employees who took submersible vessels 12,500 feet to the ocean floor, where water pressure of 6,300 pounds per square inch meant damage to the hull could "cause the instantaneous death of the entire crew."
In 2010, the company collaborated with some of the world's leading experts in the most technologically advanced expedition to the Titanic, undertaking the first comprehensive mapping survey of the vessel with 3-D imagery from bow to stern.
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