This week’s episode of The Curse of Oak Island is out… in America, at least; we Canucks will certainly have to examine out the History Channel this Sunday to capture the newest episode in Canada’s longest-running treasure hunt, entitled All That Glitters. Let’s have a look.

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Plot Synopsis

Michigan brothers Rick and also Marty Lagina, while driving from the tvery own of Western Shore, Nova Scotia, to Oak Island also, expush their disappointment at the outcomes of their erstwhile excavation of borehole Valley 3, which they hoped had actually intersected the renowned ‘Chappell Vault’. The narrator elaboprices on this by explaining that the Chappell Vault is a claimed concrete-covered wood treacertain vault located deep within the Money Pit location which was drilled through by treasure hunters Frederick Blair and William Chappell in 1897. In Season 2, Episode 4 of The Curse of Oak Island, the Lagina brothers and also their crew attempted to find this vault by drilling at a place prescribed by fellow agency member and also engineer Craig Tester. A core sample taken from this drillhole, which Oak Island Tours Inc. dubbed ‘Valley 3’, revealed the existence of curiously-oriented hardwood and also concrete-like clay at a depth consistent with that of the Chappell Vault. Confident that they had actually indeed located the long-shed Chappell Vault, the Laginas and their crew excavated Valley 3 in Seakid 4, Episode 6, only to find that the peculiarly-aligned hardwood their core sample had actually brought up was just a relic of an earlier treacertain hunt; the Chappell Vault was nowright here to be discovered.

An interpretation of the Valley 3 core sample and also the Chappell Vault, respectively.

Following the narrator’s explacountry, Marty Lagina declares that Oak Island also Tours Inc. will certainly now dig deep into borehole C1, drilled in Seaboy 3, Episode 12 at the behest of Oak Island historian Charles Barkhome. The narrator then defines just how a special electronic camera lowered dvery own the drillhole in Seakid 3, Episode 13, revealed the existence of something shiny and gold-coloured at the bottom, which Oak Island also Tours Inc. wishes is a glimpse of the elusive Oak Island treasure.


The Lagina brothers arrive on Oak Island and also drive to the Money Pit location, wbelow they meet via fellow treacertain hunter Dave Blankenship, Oak Island also historian Charles Barkresidence, and 2 builders that are presently in the procedure of excavating Borehole C1 through a hammergrab. The building contractors indevelop the four guys that they have been extracting substantial boulders from C1, and that they intend to employ a drill rather than a hammergrab upon reaching bedrock at the 150-foot depth.


While the builders proceed to make progression at C1, Rick and Marty and their crew turn their attention to the Oak Island swamp, somewright here beneath which many kind of Oak Island researchers think lies a vital key to the Oak Island also treacertain hunt. The narrator describes that the crew plans to drain the swamp by pumping its water overland also right into the Cave-In Pit, a water-filled depression positioned between the Money Pit and also the easterly Smith’s Cove, as the pumping of freshwater into the surrounding ocean- a far more handy solution- is versus environmental law. The narrator goes on to briefly explain exactly how the Cave-In Pit was formed as a result of some kind of subterranean collapse. Following that, he recounts how, in Season 4, Episode 3, experienced diver Tony Sampboy discovered a lengthy wooden plank sublinked at a area of the swamp at which metal detectors suggested the visibility of a far-reaching quantity of buried steel.

In order to prevent the drainage hose from hindering work-related at the Money Pit area, Oak Island also Tours Inc. buries a steel pipe beneath the Money Pit accessibility road and also pulls the hose through it. The crew attaches the hose to the pump without event and starts up the machine, initiating the long-awaited drainage of the Oak Island swamp.

Two days later on, the swamp is completely drained and also dry enough to enable for a heavy-duty excavation. Marty Lagina- that has, in the previous, expressed his avariation to the Oak Island swamp- climbs into an excavator and begins to dig at the area at which Tony Sampboy uncovered the wood plank. In accordance with environmental regulation, Marty does his best to separate the organic peat and vegetation from the not natural rock and also clay, dumping each respective product right into a hay-bounded stockade. Throughout this process, treasure hunter Jack Begley inspects the dump piles and also the pit from which they were extracted through a hand-organized steel detector in the hopes of locating the mysterious metal indicated by previous surveys. At first, he finds nothing of interemainder.

While the remainder of the crew labours in the swamp, Oak Island also chronicler Charles Barkresidence travels to surrounding Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, together with author and also investigative journalist Randall Sullivan. The two men plan to scour the archives of the South Shore Genealogical Society in the hopes of uncovering useful or exciting indevelopment regarding Oak Island’s history.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

At the Genealogical Society headquarters, the Lunenburg Academy, Charles and Randall meet through archivist and photographer Stephen Ernst. Upon being prompted, Ernst reflects the 2 historians a topographical map of Oak Island also drawn up by A.F. Church and also Company type of, a Bedford-based surveying firm, in 1883. Immediately, Charles Barkhouse observes that among the labels designating Oak Island also says ‘Kidd’s Treasure’, a referral to the concept that the Money Pit is the website of the lost treasure of 17th Century pirate captain William Kidd. The narrator then launches into a brief account of Captain Kidd’s piratical exploits and also his hanging in 1701 at Execution Dock in London, England.

Barkresidence and Sullivan notification that the map additionally contains the names of Oak Island’s landowners at that time. Amongst the names is a ‘McInnis’, practically definitely pertained to the Daniel McGinnis who, according to legend, was one of the three males who discovered the Money Pit in 1795. Barkhouse and also Sullivan dig around in the archives and conveniently unearth an old book which contains the genealogy of the McGinnis/McInnis family members of Nova Scotia’s South Shore location. In the book, they come throughout an old legend which tells of a sailor that, while on his deathbed in the mid 1750’s, confessed to his bedside companions that he had actually been a member of Captain William Kidd’s crew, and that the pirate captain had actually, before his execution, hidden a treacertain amounting to ‘two million’ on an island also east of Boston. Interestingly, the code recognized as ‘the Kempton symbols’, believed by some to have actually been inscribed on the rock slab found at the 90-foot depth in the Money Pit in 1804, form an easy substitution cypher which, once decoded, reads “FORTY FEET BELOW TWO MILLION POUNDS ARE BURIED”.


Back at the swamp, Marty proceeds to excavate the area at which Tony Sampboy discovered a long wood plank, and at which earlier metal detecting surveys suggested the existence of metal at depth. Unfortunately, Jack Begley, equipped through a hand-organized steel detector, is unable to situate any type of steel objects in the pit or the dump piles. When the excavator deserve to dig no deeper, the crew decides to refill the hole and postpone the excavation of that certain area of the swamp until an additional metal detecting survey has been performed in the location.

Later, treasure hunter Dave Blankenship, Jack Begley, and Marty’s child Alex Lagina meet at the Money Pit area through Andrew Folkins of Irving Equipment Ltd. Folkins indevelops the crew that the steel caiskid being propelled dvery own drillhole C1 has encountered an extremely difficult substance, most likely either a huge boulder or bedrock, and also that progression is slow-moving but secure. The narrator and also Marty Lagina then indevelop us that the home builders arrangement to drive the caisboy to a depth of 160 feet (and not 150 feet, as initially planned), and will certainly dig deep into the remainder of the drillhole via a 39” drill bit.

While the Money Pit excavation proceeds, Rick Lagina acsuppliers metal detection experienced Gary Drayton to the suggest of interest in the Oak Island swamp and leaves him in the company of Jack Begley and Alex Lagina. Instead of immediately investigating the allude of interemainder, Drayton starts to check out other sections of the swamp with his steel detector, determined to make the many of this rare possibility to investigate the dry swamp. In time, he discovers some sort of metallic object hidden beneath the mud which, upon being discovered, turns out to be a huge iron nail, exceptionally a lot akin to a railroad spike, which he claims “was particularly produced placing decks down… on the old watercrafts.” This finding, when considered in conjunction through the wood plank found by Tony Sampboy, supposedly bolsters the theory that an old ship, probably a treasure galleon, lies hidden beneath the Oak Island swamp. Intriguingly, Drayton then claims “I’ve uncovered precisely the very same objects as this off Spanish galleons from the late 1600’s/at an early stage 1700’s.”

Railroad spikes.

That night, the Oak Island crew celebprices Drayton’s uncover in a neighborhood bar. They comment on the difference in between railroad spikes, which Drayton’s exploration appears to be to the ignorant observer, and old ship nails, which Drayton maintains the artitruth actually is. They agree to have actually the artifact analyzed by a experienced that will certainly have the ability to definitively determine its nature. The treacertain hunters likewise express their excitement regarding the excavation of drillhole C1, which is meant to be completed soon.

Later, Rick Lagina, Charles Barkhouse, and also Andrew Folkins of Irving Equipment Ltd. stand also by the Money Pit location in anticipation as the last few inches of C1 are drilled with. Rick and also Charles, who are shortly joined by their fellow treacertain hunter Craig Tester, renote to Andrew Folkins that, if he and also his crew manage to extract something considerable from the cavern below, they will certainly go dvery own in history. Folkins leaves to sign up with his crewmembers, and also retransforms in brief order to announce that the cavern at the bottom of C1 has been breached.


The Cave-In Pit

In 1875, Sophia Sellers, daughter of Oak Island’s contemporary landowner Anthony Graves, was tilling the land east of the Money Pit when her plough and ox team fell right into a 10-foot sinkhole. This cavity, which was around 6 or 7 feet in diameter, was situated directly over the theoretical route of the Smith’s Cove flood tunnel, believed by many type of to feed seawater from Smith’s Cove right into the Money Pit. Many kind of Oak Island also researchers believe that the Cave-In Pit might be the continues to be of an airshaft dug by the original home builders of the Smith’s Cove flood tunnel.


In 1893, treasure hunter Frederick Blair and also his Oak Island also Treasure Company excavated the Pit and were flooded out by seawater once they got to a depth of 55 feet. Later, once charges were detonated near Smith’s Cove over the suspected flood tunnel, the water in Cave-In Pit (and the Money Pit) frothed and bubbled. These findings arguing that the Cave-In Pit is indeed linked via the Smith’s Cove flood tunnel.

Captain William Kidd and also the Legend of the Dying Sailor

When Daniel McGinnis, John Smith, and Anthony Vaughan initially found the Money Pit in 1795, they initiallyspeculated that they had stumbled upon a cache of long-foracquired pirate loot. From the late 16th Century to theat an early stage 18th Century, Mahone Bay, in which Oak Island also is situated, had been a frequent haunt of Spanish, French,British, and also Dutch pirates, and also as a result, regional yarns of shed pirate plunder abounded. One specific legendfavoured by the early on inhabitants of adjacent Chester, Nova Scotia- that were, via some exceptions, predominantlyScotsmen from New England- was that of the lost treacertain of pirate captain William Kidd.


William Kidd was born in the Scottish Lowlands in January 1654 (not 1645, as is popularly perpetuated). Althoughlittle is recognized of Kidd’s early years, background reflects that the Scotsguy, at the age of 35, offered aboard the Sainte Rose, a French privateering ship. At that time, King James II of England had friendly relationships with the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France, a fellow Catholic monarch. In 1688, but, King James was ousted from the British throne by the Dutch monarch William III, Prince of Oselection, complying with William’s intrusion of England also via a fleet of 600 ships and 40,000 soldiers. The Protestant William III, upon taking the English throne, thrust England also right into the continuous Nine Years’ War, a problem in between France and also much of the rest of Europe. Therefore, England saw war with France, and the French privateering ship Kidd offered on was provided a letter of marque to capture English vessels.

Kidd and also seven other British crewmembers were loath to assault fellow Englishman. Under the management of Kidd and a Cornish privateer named Robert Culliford, the Britons mutinied against the Sainte Rose’s French crew, flourished in taking he ship, renamed the ship the Blessed William (after the Blessed William of Hirsau (an 11th Century Benedictine abbot)), and also named William Kidd their brand-new captain. Kidd and his crew sailed the Blessed William into Nevis, a little English island colony in the Caribbean Sea, wright here the governor of the colony welcomed them right into his very own little fleet. Although the governor might not afford to pay Kidd and also his crew, he enabled them to take whatever before booty can be had actually from the French ships and negotiations they would certainly inevitably attack. And for this reason William Kidd ended up being a respectable English privateer.

The island of Nevis.

Throughout the Nine Years’ War, Captain Kidd and his crew protected the island of Nevis from French navy males and privateers. During this time, they assaulted the small French Caribbean island of Marie-Galante, looting a modest amount in the process. They also recorded a French privateer ship, which they embraced as their very own.

In February 1690, Robert Culliford, the Cornish privateer that had assist Kidd commandeer the French-crewed Sainte Rose earlier in 1689, led a mutiny against Captain Kidd. While Kidd was ashore the island also of Antigua, Culliford and also the remainder of the crew, tired of the strictures that accompanied licenced privateering, left the docks and cruised right into the Caribbean to seek the piprice life. Relieved of his command also, Kidd boarded a ship to New York, where he promptly married Sarah Bradley Cox Oort, a wealthy young English widow, and came to be among the wealthiest men in tvery own.


In the little nest of New York, Kidd became an energetic member of the community. In addition to opening up a tanning mill in what is now Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he offered his newdiscovered wide range to sponsor community projects, such as the building and construction of Trinity Church, situated at the interarea of New York’s Wall Street and Broadmeans, now near the base of the Freedom Tower. Kidd lived via his wife, and later on his daughter Sarah, in an opulent 3 story mansion developed 50 years earlier by a Dutch vendor of what was then New Amsterdam.

Kidd easily worn down of city life and returned to the sea. For four years, he worked as a vendor captain, shipping products to and from New England also and also the Caribbean. Over time, he exhausted of that life, too, and made a decision to seek fame and fortune in London, England. There, he was approached by New York vendor Robert Livingston and also Governor of New York, Massachusetts, and also New Hampshire Ricdifficult Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont. The 2 males asked Kidd if he would take into consideration accepting a commission to assault piprices and enemy French ships and proper whatever before plunder he could from them. Kidd agreed to take on this privateering assignment, and also his venture was consequently (and privately) financed by 4 of the a lot of effective lords in England: The Earl of Orford, the Baron of Romney, the Fight It Out of Shrewsbury, and also Sir John Somers. These males stood to obtain 75% of whatever before booty Kidd regulated to accumulate, notwithstanding the taxes he owed the Crown. Finally, Kidd was offered a letter of marque, signed by King William III, reserving 10% of any loot he gained to the English Crown, which authorized him to attack and also plunder both pirate ships and foe French vessels.

A Letter of Marque

On his new 34-cannon ship, Adundertaking Galley, Captain Kidd cruised dvery own the Thames River to the coastline. On the method, he and also his crew humorously disrespected the crew of a yacht of the Royal Navy. As punishment for the offense, the captain of the yacht pressed a huge number of Kidd’s loyal, hand-picked crew into naval company, leaving Kidd with a badepend sensible skeleton crew.

Short-handed, Kidd cruised across the Atlantic, legally catching a French vessel in the procedure, to the port of New York. Tright here, he supplemented his meagre crew via a big variety of hardened piprices. In order to convince these unstable seafarers that business aboard his ship would be a worthwhile endeavour, Kidd violated is letter of marque. Specifically, he agreed to give the crew 75% of whatever before plunder they might gain, as opposed to the 25% stipulated by his licence. This misdemeanour would certainly add to his ultimate undoing.

His ranks filled, Captain Kidd set of for the Indian Ocean off the Mughal Coast wright here pirates, occasionally described as Roundsmales, generally plundered Mughal ships filled through exotic items and also Mecca-bound Muslim pilgrims, along with the merchant vessels charted by the British East India Company that often accompanied them. He set out established to abide by his letter of marque and capture as many type of pirate ships and also French vessels as he might.

The Mughal Coast.

By the time Captain Kidd and his crew reached the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa, a third of the guys aboard Adundertaking Galley had actually gave in to cholera. After failing to sight any type of piprice ships in Madagasvehicle, awell known pirate haven, Kidd and also his crew sailed north to the Horn of Africa at the entrance to the Red Sea. Aobtain, tright here were no piprice ships in sight. By this time, Captain Kidd’s crew was prospering restless, and also whispers of mutiny rippled throughout the decks.

In the summer of 1697, Kidd’s ship dropped in with a south-bound British Royal Navy squadron commanded by Commodore Thomas Warren. Fearing that Warren, whose vessels were sevedepend undermanned, would push a huge variety of his crew into naval company, Kidd quietly averted the squadron at night. This evasion led Warren to think that Kidd and his crew had actually somepoint to hide, namely that they had been engaging in piracy, and also subsequently spread the rumour throughout the East India Company kind of that privateer Captain Kidd had actually gone rogue.


By the fevery one of 1697, Kidd’s crew was on the brink of mutiny. On October 30, 1697, one of Kidd’s crewmembers, gunner William Moore, sat on deck sharpening a chisel and muttering under his breath. When Kidd inquired regarding Moore’s rumblings, the gunner urged Kidd to assault a adjacent Dutch ship and also thereby commit an act of piracy. When Kidd, ever loyal to the Crvery own, refsupplied, a quarrel ensued which ended with Kidd cracking Moore over the head through an iron-ringed bucket. The blow fractured Moore’s skull, and also the gunner yielded to his wound the complying with day.


Not lengthy after Moore’s fatality, Kidd and his crew, with the devious practice of flying false colours, controlled to capture a French ship without a shot being fired. This capture was in accordance with Kidd’s legal commission. On January 30, 1698, Kidd, making use of equivalent techniques, recorded the substantial Quedagh Merchant, an Indian seller vessel loaded silk, tea, spices, satin, muslin, gold, silver, and various other handy East Indian goods. Kidd learned that the ship was hired by the French East India Company and owned by a agency of Armenian vendors, and also was initially satisfied that this capture was a legitimate one. However, upon additionally examination, he learned, to his dismight, that the ship’s captain was English, and also that it was component of the same Muslim fleet which’s piratical predators he was tasked via combatting. Worse, a large proportion of the ship’s cargo was owned by a senior main of Mughal India, a nation allied through England. Kidd tried to convince his crew to rerotate the ship’s cargo, however the disgruntled seafarers would certainly have actually namong it. Unwilling to risk a mutiny, Kidd reluctantly acceded to their requirements and set sail for Boston. His capture of the Quedagh Merchant branded him as a piprice, and his infamous reputation conveniently preyielded him throughout the Atlantic.


With the riches of the Quedagh Merchant in their host, Captain Kidd and his crew sairesulted in Madagasauto, wright here he met via the crew of Captain Robert Culliford, the Cornish privateer-turned-pirate who had led the mutiny against him earlier in February 1690. Instead of attacking Culliford and his crew as he should have actually done, Kidd rather boarded Culliford’s ship and also drank to the pirate’s health and wellness (although it must be pointed out that some historians think Kidd was bent on attacking the well known pirate, but refoffered to perform so out of fear that he was outmanned). This act additionally cemented his reputation as a piprice. Following this occurrence, a huge number of Kidd’s crew defected to Culliford’s, leaving Kidd with a 13-man skeleton crew. Captain Kidd and his tiny crew, having actually abandoned the rotting Adventure Galley for the Quedagh Merchant, set sail for New York.


On the island of Hispaniola, Kidd abandoned the Quedagh Merchant, the ship he unlawtotally caught from the Muslim fleet, for a new ship referred to as the San Antonio prior to cruising northwest to New York. Just external the New York harbour, Kidd got word that his backer Ricdifficult Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont, remained in Boston, and also that he agreed to offer Kidd clemency for his piracy. Kidd agreed, initially caching a big component of his treacertain on Gardiners Island also before proceeding to Boston by a circuitous route. Tright here, Coote betrayed him by having him arrested on July 6, 1699.

Over the adhering to year, Kidd sustained a lengthy imprisonment followed by a short, hugely unfair trial in which he was inevitably convicted of piracy and also the murder of his gunner William Moore. Throughout this trial, he pleaded his innocence, pointing out that the Quedagh Merchant he caught had actually a French pass, and also that his letter of marque licenced him to capture French vessels. After a verdict of guilty was passed, Kidd told his captors that he had actually buried a large percentage of his treacertain, and that he would help them uncover it if they spared his life. His entreaties fell on deaf ears. On May 23, 1701, at London’s Execution Dock, Captain William Kidd was hanged. His body was suspfinished in a gibbet over the Thames River for 3 years as a warning to pirates.


Legend has actually it that 50 years later, in the mid-1700’s, and old sailor from New England also lay dying. On his deathbed, he confessed to his family that he had actually been a member of Captain Kidd’s crew. Before passing away, he disclosed that he had actually helped the piprice captain bury a sizeable treasure on an island east of Boston. Some Oak Island researchers speculate that this island also was none other than Oak Island.

The Iron Nail

Railroad spikes.

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 In this episode of The Curse of Oak Island, metal detection expert Gary Drayton uncovered a big iron nail in the north end of the Oak Island swamp. Although the object at first showed up to be a railroad spike, Drayton claimed that the item was in reality a nail offered in the building of old ship decks, and also that he had discovered many type of similar artefacts which were offered to develop the decks of Spanish galleons. This discover, coupled via diver Tony Sampson’s discovery of the plank in the Oak Island swamp, lends credence to the concept, organized by a variety of Oak Island also researchers, that an old ship of some type lies at the bottom of the Oak Island swamp. Drayton’s comment around the opportunity of the nail’s being from a Spanish galleon is specifically intriguing considering the concept held by veteran Oak Island also treasure hunter Dan Blankenship and also acdeclared Oak Island authority D’Arcy O’Connor that Oak Island’s underground wormajesties are attributable to the crew of a wrecked Spanish treacertain galleon which beached on Oak Island while en path from Havana to Spain at some time in the 17th or at an early stage 18th Centuries.

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