believe the mystery of Oak Island has been solved. The Laginas boys have
provided many hints that have been overlooked and Joy Steele provided the
history that brings it all together. The sad thing is that there is no treasure
and there probably never was any treasure, regardless of what the breathless
narrator tells us every week and season after season.
look at some of the evidence.
years ago, the Laginas boys wondered if the triangular swamp on the island was
nature or manmade. They speculated that it might have been created by linking
two small islands separated by a narrow, shallow channel. The evidence they
have uncovered recently seems to suggest this is the case.
“diving” in the swamp, which means using some scuba or other breathing
apparatus, they searched the bottom of the swamp that was what, five feet, six
feet from the surface. They found things that suggested ships had been there
including pieces of planking and iron nails. At one point they wondered if a
ship had been scuttled there for some reason. The point is that they were
finding the sort of
|Joy Steele, the woman who
solved the mystery.
debris that we’d associate with sailing ships.
Steele, in her book, The Oak Island
Mystery Solved, suggested that the British Navy had used the island as a
repair base in the 18th century. That accounts for the various bits
of British material found there, the possibility of a British camp there, and
all those coins and other metallic remnants found on the surface that can be
traced back to the British. You can read Steele’s theory here:
for good measure, you can listen to my interview with her here:
what has solidified this is what they have discover as they dig up Smith’s
Cove. They have found the remains of a dock or a wharf and other structures
that suggest that there was a landing place for ships. The more they dig
around, the more they are finding that suggests that someone used the island
for years but not as a “bank” burying a treasure at an unreasonable depth, but
as a port to make necessary repairs to their sailing vessels.
the legend of mysterious lights seen on the island before the boys allegedly
dug up the treasure or rather attempted to. Could those have been camp fires,
and if so, doesn’t that suggest something more than an overnight party? (Sorry,
I got caught up in the narrator’s sentence structure.) I mean, those lights
would tell us that someone was on the island for some reason. And given that
the lights were reported for years, it suggests something of a semi-permanent
camp, which in turn, explains the lights.
need to also remember that most of the “finds” on the island have been near the
surface. Everything that was supposedly hidden deep such as the body and
|Dan Blankenship, the man responsible for
the bottom of Borehole Ten X have turned out to be optical illusions. They have
found evidence of deep tunnels, and claimed to have touched a vault found
during the 19th century. They haven’t located that again. Nothing of
real value has been found buried deep (bones, a bit of pottery and some
fragments of paper) and all that surface material is not very valuable either.
In other words, their excitement is somewhat overplayed.
we are left with the latest exciting discovery. The red dye they tossed into
one of their holes seems to have resurfaced at Smith’s Cove. I think with all
the digging, all the tunnels, all the shafts that have been sunk over the last
two hundred years, not to mention the high-water table and the underground flow
of sea water, that it is surprising that the dye hasn’t surfaced in other
have to say, I had hoped when we reached the end of the series (which can’t be
all that far off), they would have found the treasure. It would have to be a
big one based on the millions they have poured into the search. But I think
they know the answer and that is there is no treasure except in the continued
production of the TV show.
long as the audience is huge, as long as we all tune in week after week, and as
long as I keep promoting the show here (well, I’m not that much of a factor)
they’re going to find a reason to keep digging. When all is said and done,
we’ll all know there is no treasure and the real tragedy are those men who lost
their lives for a dream that turned into a nightmare.
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