Steamboat hunters press ahead
Kansas City Star
Dec. 27, 2005
By BRIAN BURNES
“It’s cold – farm-field-in-December cold – with a numbing wind and with icy mud underfoot.
David Hawley, however, has found a hot spot.
He is looking for the Princess, a buried 19th-century steamboat. His magnetometer, a pole-mounted instrument that measures local magnetic fields, is flashing a number that tells Hawley maybe he’s getting warm.
…through many years of mapping Missouri farm fields, Hawley knows that finding sunken 19th-century steamboats is a tedious process of studying archival maps and filling binders with pages of numbers over many months – not something seen in the multiplex.”