posted on Aug, 7 2019 @ 06:45 PM
There was a once a simple three groove mark cut into the large White Pines of New England...
The mark was originally cut into the bark of any Eastern White with a diameter of over two feet. It was cut in order to designate the trees as
property of the English king for the masts of his ships. It dates from 1711 until 1776 when the mark ceased to be cut. I have recently heard rumors of
the mark sill in existence on trees within small stands of old-growth White Pine, but have yet to find one myself. They are incredibly rare...
The history of such a marking is rich with pre-revolutionary riots, the birth of state slogans, rebellious tree poaching, domination of the high seas,
and tales of still-living colonial relics. However, I'm not posting to inform you, but to ask for help. I'm writing a short article on the subject
and would love to see one of the Broad Arrow marks myself. I've recently had a break in the case and believe I have a shot at tracking one of these
big trees down, but before I head out into the deeper woods on marginal, out dated directions, I'd like to open the hunt here.
I've heard a few claiming: "I saw one once", or "somebody said they were around here" or "she found one in 1938", but not much more than that
to go on... which just adds more curiosity to the search.
Is there anyone at all who knows anything at all about the Kings Broad Arrow mark and where it may be found today? Have you seen or heard of one
yourself? Lets track one down!
With a growth factor of five, an Eastern White would have to be a minimum of 363 years old today to bear the mark. It would be a tree of over six feet