Using a variety of techniques—high-tech gradiometers, experimental sub-bottom-penetrating sonar, and a low-tech mechanical probe—we searched Río Belén and its surrounding shores for five seasons. Although early 16th-century ceramics and a bronze stirrup were found in the vicinity, Gallega eluded us, just as Columbus’s other eight ships continue to elude all who seek them.
We christened the probe barge El Rayo because of its tendency to attract lightning.