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HANS SAYS: Evidence does exist (or does it) for the water channels so one is left with a big ???
how elaborate the pit and traps put in place are.
If all those reports were valid. You seemed to have glossed over the fact that the previous expeditions went down (72m) 236 feet and found nothing. In particular they didn't find what was reported by the auger.
What is your opinion on that?
You seemed to have glossed over the fact that the previous expeditions went down (72m) 236 feet and found nothing.
So Twisi are you claiming that the pit wasn't dug out to bedrock at the depth of 180 feet (55m)?
Originally posted by Hanslune
You seemed to have glossed over the fact that the previous expeditions went down (72m) 236 feet and found nothing. In particular they didn't find what was reported by the auger. What is your opinion on that?
Below you'll find a listing of the artifacts found, or allegedly found, on the island. Many of the artifacts have been lost and are known only through writings left by early searchers or writers.
Copper coin, bosun's whistle, and iron ring bolt imbedded in a rock at Smith's Cover - 1795-1802
Gold links - 1849
Remains of the old cofferdam
Wood and end of a keg pulled out when the Pit collapsed
Anchor fluke of ancient design - 1931 - since disappeared
Dump with thousands of broken pottery flasks
Rock with "1704" inscribed on it.
Scissors, heart stone
Original cofferdam - logs 2 feet thick up to 65 feet long with Roman numerals marked on them.
Nails and metal-straps
3 drilled rocks and ask piles analyzed to be burned bones!!!!!
What is your opinion on that?
Pirate treasure was believed to be hidden in the area.
Three men found a sinkhole and assumed that it was the top of a pit that had buried treasure in it.
They dig perhaps as deep as 30 feet and give up.
The oral reports evolve until by the time anyone writes it down it includes an inscribed stone found 90 feet down.
Over the years repeated reprintings of the legend obscures the fact that for over 60 years the discovery of the pit was undocumented and creates the impression that the pit's early history is a matter of historical fact and not mere legend.
When the pit floods with water do to natural channels in the ground it is assumed to be a complex man made trap further solidifyign the idea that the pit hides a great treasure.
When it was realized that pirates almost certainly did not dig the pit, new theories were invented to explain it.
Coconut fibers which were probably the remains of old pakaging material are found on a beach giving rise to the theory that the beach was artificially made as part of a sophisticated "filter" that allows water into the pit.
People become so predisposed to believing that something is buried in the pit that scant evidence such as blurry underwater pictures are accepted as proof that items such as a severed hand or wooden chest are at the bottom of the pit.
While the results have never been published, interviews conducted with the scientists reveal they were unconvinced of the existence of the fabled "flood tunnel" and believed the flooding of the Pit was of entirely natural origin.
A newspaper article (likely in Halifax) appears about Carl Mosher. Mosher says in about 1925 his grandmother showed him a wooden trunk containing about 25 heavy white canvas bags of gold. His grandmother was Lucy Vaughan, relative of Anthony Vaughan, one of the diggers of 1795. The trunk was said to have come from Oak Island. At some point, Uncle Edward Vaughan took the trunk, and disappeared, leaving his property, business, wife, and family. [4.215]
Robert Dunfield starts work excavating the Money Pit. Digging gets to 140 feet deep, with a width of 100 feet.
Originally posted by TheWayISeeIt
reply to post by JohnnyCanuckDoes your friend have any other info regarding the excavation attempts or when the gold he/she acquired was dated to?
Even though the island proper is private property, I must admit that Mahone Bay is a beautiful place to visit, particularly in the fall.
Originally posted by mtmouse32
Until today, I never heard of this interesting location.
I like to find new and interesting places, but am sad that the property owners have kept it off limits.