"And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship; and so it came to pass that they escaped all safe to land" ... - Acts xxvii.44, xxviii.5 -
In 1730, Ignation Giorgi, a Benedictin of the congregation of Meleda, published at Venice a latin dissertation entituled:
"D. Paulus Apostolus in mari qud nunc Venetus dicitur naufragus, et Melitae Dalmatensis insulae post naufragium hospes &."
The writer undertakes to show that the shipwreck of Saint Paul, recorded in the Acts of Apostles, happened on the Island of Meleda, near the coast of Dalmatia, in the Adriatic Gulf and not that Melita, at present named Malta...
The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company was founded in 1836 and the ship's company sailed from London to Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. Then, to Alexandria, Port Suez with a connection to India, to Singapore and the Far East later in 1845.
The overland route was the quickest way to India. Passengers disembarked at Alexandria, and journeyed for 12 hours up the Nile to Cairo. Special shallow-draft vessels then carried them to Cosseir and passengers then travelled in mule drawn carriages to Port Suez.
The distance was 250 miles and the scheduled transit time was 88 hours. With the completion of the Alexandria - Suez railway in December 1858 the route was changed.
The voyage from London to Bombay took 12½ days in the 1890s. The steamers left London every Saturday for India and fortnightly for Australia and China.
From Courrier de l'Unesco - by Vincent Noce, journalist with the French daily newspaper Libération
Since profit is the treasure-hunters’ only motive, and every day of exploration costs a small fortune, they are in a hurry to bring up whatever can be sold, even if it means destroying everything in their way.
Finders Keepers and Military Exceptions Patrick O’Keefe, an Australian lawyer and cultural heritage specialist, says the discovery of the Titanic was a turning point. Exploration teams now have the technology to go anywhere and to excavate at once-unthinkable depths. “International regulations are urgently needed because no wreck is safe anymore,” he says. But the international community is lagging far behind the technology. Some countries have more or less successfully established rules on underwater archaeology within their territorial waters (usually 12 miles, or 22 km., from their coasts).
However, few are developing the resources to carry out their own undersea explorations. In international waters, anything goes. Individuals are entitled to keep what they find, and every ship that is “saved” belongs to whomever discovered it, in keeping with the maritime tradition of “salvage on the high seas.”