The Mystery of Oak Island
The World’s Longest Unsolved Mystery
The Mystery of Oak Island
Close your eyes and imagine the excitement and adventure of finding a mystery that involves many deaths, unknown treasures and much speculation. Mysteries are intriguing and finding a real life mystery that has been unsolved in history for several hundred years is unusual. Throughout time millions of people have been interested in treasures, legends and unsolved mysteries. Books, movies and legends are filled with such tales. Six deaths, millions of dollars, insanity, depravation, obsession, treasure and intrigue, are words that describe the mystery of Oak Island.
In history.com viewers can watch the series called, “The Curse of Oak Island,” which gives detailed information and facts regarding this special island. According to the series, “In 1795, three teenage boys discovered a strange, man-made hole on Oak Island, a small wooded island, just off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. As the boys began to dig, they found a number of intriguing artifacts. It was the end of the piracy era and rumors of buried treasure were rampant. The boys’ discovery launched a treasure hunt that has spanned more than 200 years, cost millions of dollars and involved speculators, engineers and even famous personalities such as John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Franklin D. Roosevelt” ("Watch The Curse”).
As amazing as this discovery sounds, there have been many attempts to find the truth about the island and some truths have been revealed which lead to other questions and more obsessions.
The three young men started the quest when they dug down and found a platform of oak logs. When the boys hit the wood they thought they had found buried treasure. According to Sullivan, the boys thought the treasure might have been from Captain Kidd’s treasure (3). The boys kept digging and finding more oak platforms and finally had to give up the quest because of lack of funding and materials. They had to wait 7 years until they found a backer to help resume their quest. They then came back to the site, which they called the Money Pit.
According to Sullivan they “found a heavy flat olive-tinged stone – about two feet long, fifteen inches wide and ten inches thick- set in its center. It was inscribed with strange markings” (4).
Along with the treasure they also managed to trigger a booby trap that flooded the Money Pit and no matter what they did they couldn’t drain the water and they finally ended up broke and disheartened.
According to Activeminds.com forty five years later another group called the Truro Company took a turn at trying to excavate the Money Pit, but they too met with flooding and found that there were underground flood tunnels that were shaped like a fingers and were engineered by people of great cunning and skill. The tunnels automatically filled with water from the Atlantic Ocean as soon as anyone dug it to 90 feet...