National Geographic : 1971 Jul
"The sea's been a generous lady to me," acknowledges Bermuda treasure diver Teddy Tucker. "But," he cau tions, "most divers find her as stingy as a miserly aunt." Teddy has devoted thousands of hours to musty archives and reef fringed waters to discover his pa troness's well-hidden secrets. But the hardest work begins after he has dis covered the whereabouts of a wreck. He labored more than two years 116 excavating a late-16th-century vessel (below), sunk with a cargo of tobacco and hardwood. When discovered on the western reef, she rested beneath some six feet of sand. Rocks atop her rotted ribs served as ballast. As yet she has yielded no treasure. After an exhausting five-hour stretch on the bottom, 40 feet down, Teddy wins a moist greeting (right) from his pet schnauzer Mitzi.