Missouri man considers digging up second sunken steamship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man behind Kansas City’s successful Steamboat Arabia Museum is pondering whether he and his partners want to dig up another sunken steamboat.

David Hawley says he believes remains of the Malta, a steamship that sank in the Missouri River in 1841, are under farm fields about 80 miles east of Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports Hawley and his partners have been working the site for three years.

In the 1980s, Hawley and others recovered the remains of the Arabia, which sank near Parkville in 1856. They eventually opened the museum, which attracts 80,000 visitors a year.

Hawley says digging up the Malta would be an expensive risk because the ship might be full mostly of buffalo hides, which likely would not draw much interest.


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