Before long Spellbinder returned to his underwater world where the absence of sound created a disconnect with the world
above, as did this same hydroshere to the terrestrial vissitudes of its weather.
They began in systematic fashion to comb the bottom in a grid like pattern, placing markers every three feet, one opposite
the other in straight lines and separated by a hundred feet on so and systematically sifting the silt through a sieve
attached to a powerful vaccum, to a depth of 2-3 inches.
This they decided was a productive way of exploiting the historical fact of a huge explosion which had
ripped "the Orient" apart, scattering the contents of her hold over a wide area.
They worked in this fashion wherever there was some evidence of a wreck, and the surrounding areas.
The Maltese always famous for their craftmanship and inventiveness together with the enormous wealth of European metalcraft
which the Knights of St John would have possessed as their royal inheritance left no doubt in Spellbinders mind about
the quality of any sunken treasure that may still be left. His earlier visitor however kept any great hopes of an enormous
booty from rising within him. He was not as he had wondered earlier, the first underwater adventurer to these parts, only
around thirty feet deep where he was, so it was not outside the realms of any amateur diver.
The fabled treasure of over two tons of gold plate plus millions in gold bullion and the 12 life sized statues in silver
of the twelves apostles did not materialize, either they had been beaten to he punch or the Maltese authorites were right
in theirs summation that they thought it unlikely that the French fleet would take such precious cargo into a war zone, and
may have put out that this was the case, whilst secreting it back to France in another ship.
But still, where were they; in some private collectors hands? .... who was too greedy to come
and return them to their rightful owners - The Maltese Government ,and thus the entire people of Malta?
Had they been recovered from the Bay already by someone else? .... and, ditto the above!
Their search did uncover a number of Maltese gold coins and several artifacts of Maltese origin and many of French origin
including the on board cannons. Cali was not disappointed; nor the French government; but the Egyptian authorities were
also pleased and took a keen interest. The goods were placed on show at the Cairo Museum, whilst the Maltese and
French governments began negotiations for their return. The Egyptian government also stepped up its negotiations
for the return of some of their own treasures, particularly the Rosetta stone in the care of the London Museum.
Spellbinder returned to Australia .... there was the commercial possibility of the Hiller-copter to look into; its ease
of manufacture and operation, lower cost and superior safety aspect over conventional helicopters would put it
in the financial and operational range of most cattle and sheep farmers in outback areas worldwide once mass production
started, indeed it would put it in the financial range of most people living in remote regions, which was something else to
think about drawing onto the horizon a new culture which if carefully monitored and controlled would ease the burden of isolation
of vast numbers of people he surmised.
In Australia he stumbled across, almost by accident, the story of the famed reef of gold discovered by Lasseter
in the centre of Australia in the 1920's. It had been placed under an aboriginal curse, on whose tribal land it was and
thus, was still waiting to be rediscovered .....
Whilst musing over his recent exploits in the Mediteranean, possible future ones and getting the blueprints from the
Hiller Corp. in Palo Alto in California; in his hotel room at Lasseters Hotel, named in honour of the famous explorer; west
of Alice Springs in Central Australia, his wife called........
"When are you coming home?" she said.