LEWES, Del. — The hull of an 18th-Century British warship exhumed from Delaware Bay yielded only a gold coin, a shoe and some pig iron, but salvagers said Tuesday they believe a fortune in treasure may still be found in the water.
"I think (the bay's floor) has treasure, much more than we found," said L. John Davidson, the New Hampshire developer who is financing the $2.5-million recovery effort.
Archeologists pored over wreckage brought to the surface late Monday night and found a single piece of Spanish gold, a leather shoe and pig iron used as ballast aboard the HMS DeBraak.
Human bones also were found in the water but were not touched by the divers.
Divers already have recovered from the bottom of the bay more than 200 doubloons, hundreds of other silver and gold coins and thousands of artifacts ranging from a toothbrush to a gold ring worn by the DeBraak's captain, Lt. James Drew, who went down with the ship in a squall in 1798.