One of the strangest treasure story’s that I’m aware of is the story of Oak Island and the elusive money pit. Sure, the exact spot of the so-called money pit is known. The problem is that due to an ingenious series of obstacles no one has ever been able to reach the treasure believed to be hidden at the bottom of the pit. If there is a bottom. Here’s a great site to virtually explore the famous “lost treasure” story. . . EDITOR
Imagine yourself walking through the trees of a wooded island rumored to hide buried pirate treasure. Suddenly you come across a depression in the ground. It’s roughly circular and there’s a tree standing above it with a branch that has been cut and appears to have been used as a pulley. Your imagination is fired and hope soars. You run off to get your friends and digging equipment.
You and two friends return the next day, shovels in hand, ready to claim your prize. The digging is easy. The dirt loose. Only two feet down your shovel strikes rock. As you clear the dirt away you find a neatly arranged layer of flagstone covering a circular area 13 feet in diameter. You pry the stones out, expecting treasure but there’s only more dirt.
You begin again. Digging down 8 more feet with no luck. Suddenly you hit wood. This is it. You scrap away the dirt only to find a platform of oak logs covering the pit. You pull out the logs and resume your digging.
Ten more feet and still nothing. Finally, you strike wood. This MUST be it. As you clear the area you find another level of oak logs.
Now you know there’s something valuable here. Why else would anyone go to so much trouble?
Now 20 feet below the surface you heave to again. Another 10 feet. Another set of oak boards.
Disappointed, you and your friends decide that you can’t go any further alone. You leave but vow to return to retrieve your treasure.
Now imagine that it’s more than 200 years later. The pit has been explored to more than 150 feet. The treasure, if any, that was buried is still there, protected by an ingenious booby trap that floods the pit with sea water anytime someone gets close.
Group after group after group have tried to solve the riddle. Neither brute force nor technology have been able to overcome the problems. Six lives have been lost and millions of dollars spent trying to uncover the secrets of what has become known as the Money Pit. Still, no one knows what lies at the bottom, who built it or why. There are numerous theories but little proof.
This is the story of Oak Island, Nova Scotia, one the most frustrating and intriguing mysteries of all time.
Join us as we explore what is known and what is theorized about this enigma. Perhaps you will be able to find the one clue or come up with the right approach that will finally help crack this puzzle. . . . Go to site
Featured Image: Head and shoulders portrait of a Māori man, his hair in a topknot with feathers and a bone comb, full facial moko, a greenstone earring, a tiki and a flax cloak. He has a small beard and a moustache. He is known as Rachel and Maygen and is a historical piece of art. CREDIT: Parkinson, Sydney, 1745-1771. Parkinson was the artist on Captain Cook’s 1st voyage to New Zealand in 1769. From: Parkinson, Sydney. A journal of a voyage to the South Seas. London, 1784, plate 16, opposite page 90. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Out of Copyright worldwide).
THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF THE TATTOOED MAN (1845)
The story of James O’Connell, the tattooed man of one of P.T. Barnum’s “freakshows”. Shipwrecked on a South Pacific island the seaman Irish jigged his way into the favour of the local islanders only to be subject to an 8 day long full body tattooing session conducted by a host of “voluptuous virgins”. . . .
Photo: James O’Connell dancing Irish gig for the Islanders. SOURCE: the Life and Adventures of the Tattooed Man (1845) page 7. (Public Domain)
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