500 pound Dreamland bell found on ocean floor

Published on September 2nd, 2009 | by Admin


A brass bell that was rung at the old Dreamland Park in Coney Island and sank to the ocean floor during a fire in 1911 has been found.

“I knew the bell existed, but I never dreamed I would find it,” diver Gene Ritter told The Post yesterday. “I thought it would be buried in mud.”

Ritter, who discovered the treasure in November not far from where the pier once stood off the West Eighth Street beachfront, said the find left him with the same “incredible” feeling he had in 1990 when he was the first to find remnants of Dreamland under the ocean.

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