We’re discussing your own stated admission to entering, or to facilitating entry to, a designated war grave protected by the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 which has defined the site of HMS Prince of Wales as a ‘Protected Place’. You’ve repeatedly admitted to doing precisely that; of that there is no debate. The discussion centers over why you did so.
Of course, everything you may claim about the ship’s bell from Prince of Wales may be true, or it may simply be a clever fabrication to avoid following what you call “…the letter of the stupid UK law that affects only UK nationals…” In either event, this is your justification. I’m not aware of any such element of mitigation under the law, the law very simply states: 'No entry'. Since we both are aware you are beyond the reach of the War Graves law, I'm not certain why you feel the need to justify your actions. You’re beyond the law here, just as any of the various salvagers you so often rail against are. Again, methinks thou dost protest too much. But, again, why ?
The bottom line is that if you do not like the law as it is written and resent it applying only to UK nationals you certainly can work for agreement by various countries--in whose waters you ply your trade to enforce the law, there are mechanisms. Have you attempted to do so ? You may also suggest to UK authorities that the law must be (if it can be) applied to non-UK citizenry, such as yourself. Have you attempted to do so ?
The reason I now withhold assistance to individuals who conduct these sorts of dives is that it invariably results in plunder. Now, if we were talking about Paul Allen or Robert Ballard, then I would hold a different view since--so far as I am aware--they have not entered nor retrieved materials from the various wrecks they have explored.
You, on the other hand…
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