McGimsey also commented on the value of Ford's discovery.
“[There is] a lot of individuality in these boats, and there are so few of them remaining," he said. "This is a rare example of one from around 1900.”
After connecting with McGimsey and local news, and having basked in the glory of discovery, Ford shared a message of hope for other amateur (and curious) explorers like him.
“Explore your surroundings – get to know where you live, what’s around beyond just what’s in front of you,” he said. “Take a walk, see what’s out there.”
Who knows what other old, remarkable artifacts Ford will find as the Mississippi River continues to recede? Only time will tell.