136,853. Recently conducted seismic data indicating that a large ship, possible a Spanish galleon, could lie buried at the bottom of the Oak Island swamp has them eager with anticipation. The Curse of Oak Island s7e2: Core Values
136,854. Dry clay found just twenty feet beneath the surface of the swamp and similar to that found in the Money Pit area. ibid.
136,855. While drilling an exploratory bore-hole in the swamp in an effort to find evidence of a possible ship buried at the bottom the Oak Island team has just encountered a mysterious object at a depth of nearly thirty foot. ibid.
136,856. Because it’s Dr Spooner’s assessment that the swamp appears to be much younger than expected and was at one time ocean ocean he’s decided to take the core samples for further testing. ibid.
136,857. ‘It would be possible to tunnel under the swamp, that’s for sure, because it’s dry clay … There could be a tunnel there.’ ibid. Marty
136,858. Whilst investigating a mysterious oval shaped rock formation at the northern point of the Oak Island swamp, metal detection expert Gary Drayton has just located what could be an important find about six feet below the surface. Have team really discovered iron in the oval-shaped formation. If so, who put it here and what was its purpose? The Curse of Oak Island s7e3: The Eye of the Swamp
136,859. Last year, after constructing a massive steel coffer-dam around Smith’s Cove, Rick, Marty and the team conducted an extensive investigation of the entire beach area. In addition to unearthing numerous wooden and concrete structures, the team discovered a portion of one of the five stone box-drains, suggesting they were close to locating the place where the drains are believed to merge into a single tunnel that leads directly to the original money pit. ibid.
136,860. Dynamite buried around 95 feet deep below the beach at Smith’s Cove and in the same area as the island’s legendary flood tunnel. ibid.
136,861. Smith’s Cove: Could the team finally have located their target? The fact that the wooden beams appear to be hand-cut could be very significant in helping the team date the construction …’We are at fifty-one feet.’ The Curse of Oak Island s7e4: The Lucky Thirteen
136,862. A line that leads directly from the U-shaped structure and the stone box-drain through a possible tunnel and all the way up to the Money Pit area. ibid.
136,863. The lack of any wood is disappointing but not altogether surprising as the team are uncertain as to the actual angle at which the flood tunnel would have been directed between Smith’s Cove and the Oak Island Money pit. ibid.
136,864. ‘Gary’s found significant numbers of artefacts around Lot 21.’ ibid. team
136,865. The wood that the team discovered 54 feet beneath the beach at Smith’s Cove dates back to a period sixty years prior to the discovery of the Money Pit: 1795. ibid.
136,866. Could this core sample matching historical descriptions of the legendary flood tunnel mean that the team are one step closer to reaching the fabled Oak Island treasure? … The Oak island team will now drill another bore-hole five feet to the west along the same line. The Curse of Oak Island s7e5: Tunnel Visions
136,867. What Chip Reid has just presented the team with is a piece of astonishing piece of new research. It suggests that the wooden structures unearthed at Smith’s Cove which dated to approximately twenty-five years before the discovery of the Money Pit could be evidence of military fortification known as a Water Battery … ‘The French were active militarily around here … You’re actually looking at some sort of French treasure.’ ibid. Reid
136,868. Is it possible that members of the Duc d’Anville expedition [to recapture Louisburgh] came to Oak Island because of previous knowledge of a treasure depository located there, one built centuries earlier by the Duke’s ancestors who were members of the Knights Templar? ibid.
136,869. ‘We have uncovered the sluice: it will go a long way to hopefully pinpointing the location of Hole 9.’ ibid. Rick
136,870. The Sluiceway was built in 1863 by members of Oak Island association … to siphon water about from shaft 9, a searcher shaft. The Curse of Oak Island s7e6: Closing In *****
136,871. The Spanish empire began a vast campaign of rapid colonisation throughout north, central and south America … These treasures were then sent back to Spain on large sailing vessels known as galleons. ibid.
136,872. Maybe one of these ships got caught in the storm as they were following the Gulf Stream and was driven all the way north to a little island in Nova Scotia – maybe Oak Island, and then the ship then finds itself being beached full of plunder from the New World. ibid.
136,873. These [Spanish] finds corroborated discoveries previously made by Oak Island treasure hunter Fred Nolan, who after draining the swamp in 1969 found what he believed to be wooden parts from a Spanish galleon, including scuppers and a portion of a mast. ibid.
136,874. One of this year’s most important discoveries … an 1863 searcher structure known as Shaft 9. ibid.
136,875. Over the centuries the Money Pit has been the site of over 40 tunnelling operations. ibid.
136,876. The team has finally unearthed the connection linking the Shaft to the sluiceway. This proves they’ve successfully discovered Shaft 9. ibid.
136,877. The seismic test across the eastern half of the island has been completed … ‘20,000 [dynamite] shots.’ ibid. Rick
136,878. ‘One of the big agenda items this year is to finish up in Smith’s Cove. We found some exciting things in there last year. But we never got to the end of the slipway where there could be all kinds of artefacts.’ The Curse of Oak Island s7e7: Things that Go Bump-Out, Marty
136,879. In 1805, one year after the Money Pit flooded with seawater, Daniel McGinnis and his team hit what they believed to be a booby trap at a depth of 90 feet. Members of the Onslow Company attempted to work around the problem by digging an adjacent shaft some 14 feet to the south-east. Known as Shaft 2 it reached a depth of 110 feet without encountering water. McGinnis then dug a horizontal tunnel in the hope of reaching the treasure vault from below. But within 2 feet of its target the tunnel caved in and flooded. Shortly afterwards, the Onslow Company became bankrupt. ibid.
136,880. That afternoon, Steve Guptill and Craig Tester join other members of the Oak Island team at the Money Pit site to begin a new core-drilling operation in search of Shaft 2. ibid.
136,881. In 1804, just as Daniel McGinnis and members of the Onslow Company reached a depth of 90 feet in the money pit they discovered a strange olive-coloured stone containing hieroglyph-like symbols carved into it and embedded in a layer of oak logs. When they removed it, an apparent booby-trap was sprung which caused ocean water to flood into the Money Pit and thwart all subsequent efforts to keep digging … – the stone which was never photographed or properly copied has been missing for more than a century. ibid.
136,882. Could Gary and Jack have found evidence of another landing site on the Western side of the island where a ship may have offloaded cargo prior to the discovery of the Money Pit in 1795? But if so, who built it, and what were they unloading? ibid.
136,883. ‘Why would so much iron be in this one area? You know this stuff ain’t been washed up. It’s got to be a wharf.’ ibid. Gary
136,884. Smith’s Cove: While excavating the square-shaped log structure, one that was never reported by previous treasure hunters, the team unearth what they believe to be one of five stone box-drains. The Curse of Oak Island s7e8: Triptych
136,885. Finding one of the suspected corners of Shaft 2 is an exciting development … If they can verify their discovery and then locate a tunnel running off it at a depth of 110 feet, the team can lock in on the location of the fabled Money Pit. ibid.
136,886. The sonic drill-rig is set over the borehole known as F-14 … The Curse of Oak Island s7e9: An Eye for an Eye
136,887. Billy, Peter and Gary’s potentially important discovery at Smith’s Cove … Could they have discovered a wharf or pier? It is possible that it could be connected to the 18th century slipway discovered nearby? ibid.
136,888. ‘That’s the Holy Grail of Oak Island: where’s the original Money Pit?’ ibid. Rick
136,889. Dr Ian Spooner believes there was considerable human activity in the area known as the Eye of the Swamp sometime between the 17th and 18th centuries. ibid.
136,890. A major engineering effort could have taken place at the Oak Island swamp almost 800 years ago. ibid.
136,891. Having finally received the necessary permits to dig in the swamp, the Oak Island team are eager to fully drain and excavate the area to find what may lie hidden there. The Curse of Oak Island s7e10: Gary Strikes Again
136,892. ‘In all likelihood we’re right at the edge of the tunnel.’ ibid. Terry the geologist at Shaft 2
136,893. After obtaining scientific evidence that the Oak Island swamp is not only man-made but could also date back to the time members of the Knights Templar are believed to have visited the island, brother Rick and Marty Lagina have intensified their efforts to excavate the area. The Curse of Oak Island s7e11: The Eye of the Storm
136,894. Could the wooden stake the team has found be another one of these ancient [surveyor’s] markers? … What exactly was their purpose? ibid.
136,895. Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way up the east coast towards Nova Scotia. ibid.
136,896. Ax-cut wood found at a depth of 106 feet near the suspected end of the Shaft 2 tunnel. ibid.
136,897. Is it possible that the structure was built two decades before the nearby slipway? The Curse of Oak Island s7e12: Fortified
136,898. ‘Something rather massive happened here at least in 1741.’ ibid. Marty
136,899. Could it be that the surviving members of the Duc D’Anville’s mission chose Oak Island? ibid.
136,900. A rigging-axe dating back to the early 18th century or even older, commonly kept on large sailing vessels. ibid.
136,901. A portion of the stoned area … a work surface possibly a dock used for boats or ships and located in the middle of the Oak Island swamp. Could the team have finally unearthed definitive proof that the swamp was artificially created centuries ago. ibid.
136,902. The historic discovery of a paved stone walkway in the Oak Island swamp … a man-made structure, one possibly built prior to the discovery of the Money Pit in 1795. The Curse of Oak Island s7e13: Bromancing the Stones
136,903. Could Rick and Doug have discovered a link between the 18th century French fortress and the vast engineering effort that took place in the swamp centuries ago? ibid.
136,904. Jack Begley and metal detection expert Gary Drayton are beginning to search near the so-called Eye of the Swamp for any important clues or artefacts … an old iron pic-axe possibly used for tunnelling found near the Eye of the Swamp. ibid.
136,905. Wood from the Money Pit area dated to at least a century before the discovery of the fabled treasure shaft. ibid.
136,906. ‘1680: that’s Dr Spooner’s big date, 1680, he says with some degree of certainty that something went on in the Eye of the Swamp.’ ibid. Marty
136,907. A wood sample obtained during a recent drilling operation some 106 feet deep near the Money Pit area has been dated to as early as 1626. The Curse of Oak Island s7e14: Burnt Offering
136,908. H8 -- 25 feet - FG12: the team believe they may have finally found the original Money Pit shaft which has been lost for 100 years. ibid.
136,909. The wooden structure does not appear to be in any way connected to the box-drains that fed the flood-tunnel system. ibid.