Cooper’s Treasure Season 2 Episode 2 Hunt For The Gold Table
To catch up on the Cooper’s Treasure Season 2 premiere, check out the recap here….
Previously on Cooper’s Treasure:
After discovering materials from several different shipwrecks in an area known as the holy grail of colonial shipwrecks, Darrell and his team prioritize the area around where they found a dead eye from a colonial ship and split the team into two to cover a bigger area as they search for more pieces from that particular wreck. As the episode came to an end, one team didn’t find much while Darrell and Eric find a cannon.
Episode two picks up where the premiere left off. The crew is together after finding those intriguing items in the season premiere.
They call Mike Perna (surveyor) and Jim Sinclair (marine biologist) to help Darrell and Eric Schmidt (ship captain) to carefully take the cannon aboard. They estimate it has been submerged for 300-400 years.
They must keep it wet or it will fall apart. After examining it they find it’s a swivel personnel gun used to clear the deck. They then test it with a magnet to see if it’s bronze or iron.
The magnet sticks to the metal and its determined to be iron. Worth around $50,000–and dates back to the 1700’s.
They aren’t sure what shipwreck site it specifically is, but they have a strong belief that it is a galleon ship.
Darrell is hoping it’s English instead of Spanish because of a letter written by Gordon Cooper in 1997.
Gordon stated he had a conversation with Kip Wagner (treasure recovery specialist). Kip was on a borrowed ship in 1966. He found a solid gold gemstone embedded table, but he did not recover it. He decided to leave it where it was until he and Gordon could finalize a trip to recover it. Kip died before all the planning was finished.
If it proves to be an English ship, it could very well be Sir Francis Drake’s ship the Golden Hyde. Jim instructed Darrell they must dive and find small personal artifacts that could pinpoint what nationality.
Eric finds a piece of a pewter spoon. The English used pewter. Darrell attempts to call his father Roger Miklos but he is unavailable.
The team later finds barrel hoops and eight-foot wide cannon balls. They decide to examine but leave the cannon balls due to cost removal and environmental problems they could run into.
There are two types of shipwrecks
- Intact wreck–the ship sinks in one place
- Impact wreck–the ship scatters, fractures and breaks apart
The crew decides the wreck started in the deep ocean and scattered over the shallow shoals–possibly breaking off in different directions.
Darrell dives but the target is in extremely deep water and over a steep underwater ledge, which is not safe. They decide to send a ROV camera, but just as they start a catamaran in the distance is spying on their movements and they must pack up for fear of another treasure hunter honing in on their turf.
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