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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 24, 1981-Page 7

Titanic search fails
but scientists hopeful

From AP and UPI
BOSTON - The search for the wreck
of the Titanic has failed for the second
year in a row, leaders of an expedition
said yesterday.
But now that adventurers and scien-
tists know "where it's not," they say
they hope to probe the North Atlantic
again for the ill-fatedluxury liner.
"I'LL NEVER rest until we've solved
the secrets," said Jack Grimm, the
Abilene, Texas, oilman who paid for the
search..
After a 10-day expedition, the 174-foot
research vessel "Gyre" docked here
yesterday morning, carrying
photographs and videotapes of objects
researchers believed to be manmade,
including what could be a piece of the
Titanic's huge propeller.
Researchers took the Gyre to the
frigid North Atlantic waters about 250
miles off the coast of Newfoundland,
hoping to find the spot the magnificent
Titanic sunk in 1912, killing 1,513
people.
THE TITANIC, carrying some of the
world's wealthiest citizens on its
maiden voyage, went down with
millions of dollars worth of jewels and
diamonds that Grimm had hoped to
recover from the lost wreckage.
Iranian
parliament
candidate
murdered
ANKARA, Turkey (UPI) - Gunmen
assassinated an Iranian parliamentary
candidate yesterday on the eve of elec-
tions for president and 53 members of
Iran's 270-seat parliament.
Hojjatoleslam Sayed Hassan
Beheshtinezhad, a moslem clergyman,
and his four-year-old nephew were
killed in the central city of Isfahan by
unidentified gunmen who called at his
house on the pretext of delivering a let-
ter, Tehran Radio said.
BEHESHTINEZHAD died instantly
and the child died soon after he was
taken to a hospital.
The radio blamed the attack on "a
number of, imperialist agents" and
their "American bullets."
IT WAS THE third assassination at-
tempt within a week against a ruling
clerical figure.
Presidential candidate Habibollah
Asgar Owladi Musulman was shot and
wounded Monday and an education un-
dersecretary, Shegerf Nakha'i,
escaped assassination Wednesday.
In a continuing government crack-
down on opponents, the government
banned motorcycles, used in recent at-
tacks on clerical figures, and canceled
a campaign appearance of Prime
Minister Mohammad Ali Rajai.

Sophisticated underwater cameras
took pictures of what appeared to be a
hook, a piece of cable, a cup and mabye
a skull and skeleton, Grimm said.
"I won't give up until we go back and
comb the area again," said filmmaker
Michael Harris of Tampa, Fla., who
headed the expedition. "If we search
long enough, we will indeed find the
Titanic."
LAST SUMMER, Grimm's team
isolated 14 "targets" where they could
search for the Titanic. This summer,
the team searched the targets and
came up empty-handed.
Researcher Mark Olsson said there's
now doubt the Titanic is near the spot
from which it radioed its last SOS. If it's
not there, hundreds of square miles
could be added to the search area.
But Harris said at a dockside news
conference he believes the team simply
"missed it. After all, down on the ocean
floor, it's like searching a darkened
football field with a penlight."
RYAN, HOWEVER, said the team's
findings provide "no evidence of a large
intact luxury liner."
The searchers "found some tan-
talizing clues," Olsson said, adding,
"What we know now is where it's not."
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