Tunnell excavating a trader's box full of beads, mirrors, wooden combs, brass straight pins and other items in the aft cargo hold of La Belle. The discovery of the shipwreck was a particularly sweet success for Tunnell and the THC. As he told the crew of Nova in 1999: "I've spent the last 20 years of my career looking for this shipwreck. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to find this old La Salle ship in my lifetime."
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