In its first week of deep-sea excavation this season, Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology of Tampa has recovered a gold bar, 50 silver coins, more than 100 pearls, 10 clay olive jars and several ceramic pieces in a sunken vessel off Key West, company officials announced Tuesday. The vessel was found last summer 1,500 feet under the water, about 60 miles southwest of Key West. . A $2-million underwater robot has been used in the excavation, which should conclude this summer.
Dates on the bars and coins indicate the wreck was part of a Spanish fleet destroyed by a hurricane in 1622, and part of the same fleet as La Senora de Atocha, found by another treasure hunter in 1985.