A judge in the US has decided to allow an expedition to the Titanic to retrieve the early Morse code transmitter it had on board when it sank. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is opposed to the expedition.

When RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, crew members sent out numerous distress signals to any other ships in the vicinity using what was then a relatively new technology: a Marconi wireless telegraph system. Now, in what is likely to be a controversial decision, a federal judge has approved a salvage operation to retrieve the telegraph from the deteriorating wreckage, The Boston Globe has reported.