Last Updated on 12/29/2005 by bidz

This search for sunken treasure moves slowly as pressures mount

Steamboat hunters press ahead

Kansas City Star
Dec. 27, 2005

“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.”

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