- Nov 14, 2015
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
Yes, please. Try and make it like a feasable possibility . . . a blank page in this case.I could dumb it down even more if you're suggesting that this would make things easier for you.
Please provide your evidence that a “money pit” ever existed.The development of the ground plan and the interpretation of the instructions would have implications on the date of origin and the nationality of the originator.
Given that the instructions appear to use Imperial units, in particular the fathom and the rod, there would likely be a British or Colonial influence. Furthermore, I feel that there is also the possibility that a smaller unit of measure, used specifically in surveying, may have been employed - this being the ‘link’ which was introduced into British land measurement as a decimal unit sometime in the 1620s. There are 100 links to a ‘chain’ of 22 yards which is one-tenth of a furlong. Thus, the link is 7.92 inches.
Consider that the diameter of the Money Pit has been reported to be just over 13 feet. This could have been 20 links (13.2 feet) and the sides of the triangles, reported to be 10 feet, could have been 15 links (9.9 feet). The unit is also implied here in the interpretation of the instructions on Map F.
Given that the occupying power of Nova Scotia would be significant, one might rule out the English conquest of Canada in 1629 - Quebec being held until 1632. Official estimates of the dates of magnetic variation in Nova Scotia, extrapolated from published charts of the region from shortly after 1600 on which this is recorded, seem to suggest a possible date for 13 degrees NW of about 1650 or between 1740 and 1760.
The former date would seem only to be possible should there have been English or Scottish intervention in the Acadian civil war with Huguenot or English support for La Tour. However, the latter period encompasses two wars pitting Britain and the American Colonies against France: the War of Austrian Succession (1740-48) and the Seven Years’ War (1756-63).
Rupert Furneaux suggested that the Oak Island operation may have been intended to secure the military chest when New York was threatened during the American War of Independence (1775-83). However, a similar thought may have occurred to the British government during the earlier conflicts.
This might be considered more likely during the War of Austrian Succession than the Seven Years War. During the former, the military chest might have been secured in Annapolis Royal. though this may have been considered too weakly defended particularly considering the proximity of the fortress at Louisbourg (which was actually taken due to the initiative of militia out of Massachusetts.)
It was after this conflict that Halifax was firmly established, and this may have been considered a far more secure location for military funds during the Seven Years’ War. Nevertheless, with hindsight, one might look to the fall of Yorktown in the following conflict when Britain’s sea power was stretched too far by the intervention of too many foes. Halifax might not have been considered safe from simultaneous attack from Canada by land and from France by sea.
In either war, it is surely likely that any treasure deposited in such circumstances would have been recovered. In any case, preparations for such an eventuality may have been made, but perhaps the deposit was never found necessary. Thus, while I acknowledge that there may never have been a treasure on Oak Island I certainly wouldn’t declare that I know this for a fact.
The War of Austrian Succession may also have an attraction in the legend of Lord Anson’s treasure. This suggests that Anson may have cached some of the treasure he captured on the island of Juan Fernandez (Robinson Crusoe Island), and this has resulted in suggestions that Anson launched an expedition during the Seven Years’ War to recover the deposit (recounted in Anthony Westcott’s El Tesoro de Lord Anson, in Spanish). It may be this legend that resulted in the instructions being written onto copies of 17th and 18th century charts of Juan Fernandez (by Ringrose / Sharp and Bellin).
Anson’s exploits in the Pacific may have had a knock-on effect in that his arrival back in England could have liberated funds to pursue the war in the Americas. However, I fear that simply mentioning Anson may dredge up a possible link between Shugborough and Rennes-le-Château and thence to the Templars...
The development of the hypothesis outlined here owes much to Rupert Furneaux’s thoughts on the Oak Island mystery, and his book on the subject is recommended as background reading.
Furneaux notes the discovery of the Mallon Triangle in 1972 the existence of which was confirmed to me by the late Paul Wroclawski (personal communication) who reported that it was in a seriously poor state. Mallon’s daughter, Tina, has reported that her father found a third triangle the location of which he didn’t disclose. His papers disappeared after his death in 1986.
Well the pit DID exist... but you are aware that many of the old photos of the excavations of it have been purchased ... rumored to be purchased by the brothers... only to be kept out of public use via internet etc,Please provide your evidence that a “money pit” ever existed.
I can't speak for him, but i think what he meant was "show me evidence there was treasure in the pit" Obviously the money pit exists, the question is, was there any treasure in it or anywhere on the Island for that matter.Well the pit DID exist... but you are aware that many of the old photos of the excavations of it have been purchased ... rumored to be purchased by the brothers... only to be kept out of public use via internet etc,
Years ago i saw the actual photos of several deferent excavations / attempts in the pit...
Even photos of a prez visiting it.
That’s a little harsh. I see more people wasting much more time on less plausible theories than this one.I still after all these years cannot wrap my head around the Oak Island thing...
It made zero sense to begin with... and in the remote possibility that there was treasure buried there...
That it makes even less sense that anyone in their right mind after alll this time think there is a possibility of it still being there.
What warped fantastical imagination could possibly drive one into thinking that IF a said treasure existed to begin with... that it would still be there after eons of searching.
Like dogs chasing their own tails and quite sad actually... the desperation to prove something that has only been driven by imagination... Cant help but chuckle at the humility of it all.
The countless hours and money pissed away scratching around for evidence of something from nothing,
MOVE ON... to the next treasure legend, heh