another sunken steamboat
The folks at the Arabia
Steamboat Museum have
sunken steamboat they want to dig up
this fall (2007). How
about taking a bus tour
down to watch them dig for treasure.
A Treasure Hunt - How Wonderful - We all love the idea if finding
So let's go
watch this new search aboard a sunken ship.
years of researching the estimated 400 steamboats lost to the river and
years of preparation, the Hawley family is ready to break ground over a
new sunken riverboat. The summer will be spent assembling equipment for
moving earth and water: bulldozers, backhoes, wells and well-drilling
equipment. As soon as the crop has been harvested the equipment will be
brought onto the field. The first task will be to determine how the wooden
structure of the boat is lying. A series of drillings will located the
hull, and the riverboat outline will be revealed and marked in the field.
A professional well-drilling company will but down irrigation wells to
drop the water level in the ground. Before the last dig on the Arabia, a
total of 20 wells were operating around the clock, removing as much as
20,000 gallons of water every minute from the ground to keep ahead of the
incoming water. Bulldozers and backhoes will be used for removing topsoil,
then mud and sand. Eventually they will get down to the sunken riverboat
so they can remove the wares being carried on the boat. The new collection
should reveals details of frontier life during that period of time when
the ship went down. Unbelievable treasures and fascinating history await,
join us on this new adventure.