"The Curse that Oak Island: The Story the the World"s Longest endowment Hunt" by Randall Sullivan (Atlantic Monthly Press, 396 pages, in stores)

You might be acquainted with "The Curse that Oak Island," the background channel TV series about the search for hidden treasure ~ above a tiny island off the shore of Nova Scotia. The show, now in its 6th season, remains among cable"s most-watched programs.

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The series focuses on brothers Rick and also Marty Lagina, their partner Craig Tester and the various other members of your team, including Dan and also Dave Blankenship, a father/son duo who have spent much more time ~ above the island 보다 anyone else at this time living. Dan Blankenship has been top top the hunt for an ext than 40 years.

I"ve to be fascinated by the island and its mysterious "Money Pit" virtually that long. I read a story around it as a child and also have to be hooked ever since.


In vast strokes, the popular form of the story go something like this: Sometime between 1795 and 1799, Daniel McGinnis rowed throughout Mahone Bay come Oak Island, wherein he discovered an old wooden wheel hanging indigenous a branch of one oak tree above a unique depression in the ground. Automatically his thoughts turned to treasure, therefore he enlisted the assist of two friends to shot to dig it up.

Instead the gold, they uncovered wooden platforms in 10-foot intervals. They abandoned the excavation at 30 feet, yet soon other searchers took over. In ~ 90 feet, castle discovered another platform and also a rock with strange signs scratched into it. ~ above removing it, the pit flooded with water, apparently due to complex man-made overwhelming tunnels fed through seawater indigenous a pair areas offshore. The tunnels have actually stymied every attempt to salvage every little thing lies at the bottom the the pit.

Some think Oak Island was engineered as a hiding place for the divine Grail, the Ark the the Covenant, the initial works of wilhelm Shakespeare, Mayan or Incan gold, pirate endowment or ... Well, just around anything else. End the previous 200 years, the island has been take it apart and uprooted to the allude that nobody knows exactly where the original Money Pit obelisk was excavated. Several of the "clues" to the treasure encompass a rock formation referred to as Nolan"s overcome (after Fred Nolan, who lived top top the island more than 50 years), a triangle swamp that may or may not be man-made and also various things carried up from searcher pits. Those include the recent explorations of the skeletal of two separate men, bits of animal leather parchment and ancient wood.

Everyone — including author Randall Sullivan — agrees the something valuable must be buried on the island. But no one has actually admitted to finding anything. (There room rumors that three chests were found by McGinnis and friends, and some suspect that a previous slave who relocated to Oak Island and also became affluent might have found the treasure.)


Sullivan appeared in a couple of episodes of the TV show. He had actually written a Rolling stone article around Oak Island in 2003, and the series" producers invite him ago and sponsor his book research. His book is far and away the best ever written about the Oak Island mystery. Sullivan offers a compelling yet skeptical history, puncturing i can not qualify theories, calling into question apocryphal occurrences other take together facts, walking behind the scene of the TV collection and giving serious factor to consider to feasible solutions.

The best service Sullivan gives is a timeline that illustrates the impossibility of particular scenarios that are offered unwarranted consideration on the show, however the writing and also research space stout throughout. Ns don"t often say this around books, but I walk not want this one come end.

It"s not much of a spoiler to say that if Sullivan favors any theory, it"s that Francis Bacon — who some think was the actual author of Shakespeare"s plays — may have actually engineered the instrument on Oak Island or at least provided information that others drew on. That points to an obscure Bacon manuscript that effectively describes how to turn an island right into an secret treasure vault complete with flood tunnels.

As because that the island"s supposed curse, Sullivan trust it"s true. Six guys have passed away trying to reveal the island"s secrets, and other civilization have been injured, driven mad or financially ruined. That feels the something isn"t ideal on the island and relates the story the one longtime searcher who thinks what"s covert on the island is the door to hell. Fabulous? Yes. But fascinating nonetheless.

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