James P. Dwyer
Darrell and the team discuss how to extract the anchor from the ocean floor without damaging it. No small feat for an artifact that could weigh thousands of pounds.
In order to verify the artifact, a 150 foot barge with a crane on the deck is brought in to hoist the 500 year old anchor out of the ocean.
A Massive Job Calls for a Massive Equipment
The divers prepare the anchor for extraction. Every detail is meticulously recorded, because one examination is complete, the team must put it back exactly how they found it.
Bringing up the Anchor
Darrell visits the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza to reconnect with the spirit of Gordon Cooper who once climbed the pyramids. Unsure of where to go next, Darrell hopes for a clue.
Never Give Up
Darrell travels to one of the most important buildings in Spanish history. He talks to the archivist about locating records of the Spanish fleet to HIspanola. Will this document be the key to Cooper’s treasure?
Examining Past Shipwrecks
The crew drops anchor on a promising position and sets up to excavate. The search is getting warmer.
A Big Hit
Armed with Gordon Cooper’s Faith 7 audio recordings, Darrell has a breakthrough in his quest to unlock the map.
Silence is Golden
Could Gordon Cooper have had a secondary mission while orbiting the Earth in the Faith 7 spacecraft? Darrell interviews NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz for the answer.
A Mission of Another Kind
Ready for a big treasure hunt, the crew loads the ship up with magnetometers, sonar, 3D equipment, underwater cameras, scuba gear, and more.
Meet the Treasure Hunters
Darrell meets with shipwreck recovery specialist Eric Schmitt. Will Darrell convince Eric to join his team, and more importantly can he be trusted?
Five Million in One Day
Gordon Cooper had an extraordinary career as one of the first astronauts. Not only did he set records, break boundaries, and advance space travel, Cooper discovered something incredible.
Gordon Cooper: An Astronaut and His Secret
Darrell examines one of Gordon Cooper's hand drawn maps that shows 11 wreck sites. But where are they?
Wrecks on a Reef
Most of the star chart targets lie in shallow water, but the crew identifies something peculiar right on a ledge leading into deep water. With no room for mistakes, it is a dangerous decision for Darrell.
The Risks of Deep Water Diving
The magnetometer indicates a line of hits, but unless divers explore the area with metal detectors, no one can know for certain what’s on the bottom of the ocean floor.
A Cluster of Targets