National Geographic : 1960 Feb
() NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Aqua-Lunger heads for the surface with the pewter platter shown opposite. Given Up by the Sea, a Wealth of Relics Lies on a Port Royal Pier Main discoveries of ten weeks' work face inspection by members of a committee that will decide their disposition among the Government of Jamaica, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society. Sir John Carberry (back to camera), former Chief Justice of Jamaica, heads the group. sunk into and covered, for the greater part by thesea...." "The earth heaved and swelled like the roll ing billows," says another account, "and in many places the earth crack'd, open'd and shut, with a motion quick and fast.., in some of these people were swallowed up, in others they were caught by the middle, and pressed to death.... The whole was attended with... the noise of falling mountains at a distance, while the sky . .. was turned dull and reddish, like an glowing oven." At the eastern end of the old naval property stands Sir Anthony Jenkinson's attractive Morgan's Harbour Beach Club, which he built after leasing the yard from the British Gov ernment. Sir Anthony was of great assistance to us, both in our activities and in providing a delightful hostelry where meals could be ob tained for Sea Diver's crew, and guests could be accommodated. Once a week Sea Diver tied up there for water and supplies. Every day now the divers were sending up an array of interesting articles. Our storage place ashore and the decks of Sea Diver were crowded with artifacts, a great many of them immersed in baths of fresh water or chemicals, in the first stages of preservation. 182 But the hurricane season was upon us. Re luctantly we had to call a halt to our diving and prepare to take Sea Diver back to a safer berth in Florida. We felt that we had accomplished a great deal during 10 weeks of work on the sunken city. We had drafted the most accurate exist ing chart of pre-earthquake Port Royal, and we had succeeded in bringing up hundreds of valuable artifacts depicting its life and times. Yet we knew we had only scratched the sur face. "It would take years of steady effort," Ed summarized, "to make a thorough search. We were fortunate to come upon the particular locations we did-the fort, the cookhouse, and the ship chandlery. But they are only a beginning. "Think of the houses, the taverns, the shops of all kinds, the King's storehouse, the ware houses, and the ships which sank at the docks. Why, it's probably the richest known archeo logical site of its period in the world today. "Somebody will go back there someday and be rewarded with such an array of both arti facts and riches as to make our effort seem trivial." And I know he hoped it could be Sea Diver that would make that next attempt.