Flemington company hunts for silver in the Arthur Kill

A Flemington-based company launches a hunt for nearly $20 million in silver lost in the Arthur Kill.

In 1903, a barge heading through the Arthur Kill headed for a smelter in Perth Amboy briefly ran aground and tipped. More than 1,000 silver bars fell in the water, each weighing 75 pounds.

Ken Hayes, of Aqua Survey Incorporated, has been using high-powered magnets to search the Arthur Kill for the lost silver. He says the magnets have registered some indications that there is metal below the surface.

Hayes says environmental issues and limited magnetic range may hinder the company's ability to recover the silver.

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