National Geographic : 1965 Jan
Slit golden circlet adorned with rosettes adjusts to fit the finger; wire loop that looks like woven cord limits the expansion. Miraculously preserved K'ang-hsi porcelain rode in the hold packed in the same clay from which it was fashioned. Shipped from the Orient by way of Manila. the dishes landed in Acapulco, Mexico. traveled overland by mule caravan, and sailed from Veracruz. Here the author's wife repairs a fragile cup. Prizes from the sea THE VAST EXPANSE of water man tling seven-tenths of the globe might be likened to an enormous bank. For tens of centuries, from the time King Solomon brought shiploads of gold from the land of Ophir, it has swallowed a large share of man's material wealth. Each ship that sinks makes a deposit, every successful salvager a withdrawal. So far, d e posits enormously exceed withdrawals. Mr. Wagner's group recovered the biggest treasure since William Phips of Boston salvaged a reported $1,000,000 off Hispaniola in 1687. The Florida find included not only gold and silver coins, silver bullion, gold ingots, and jewelry, but other artifacts such as silver tableware, copper pots, sound ing weights, navigator's dividers, pot tery shards, and earthenware jars once filled with olives, wine, oil, water, and other provisions. Encrusted anchor from one of the ill-fated Spanish ships comes ashore.