The Lost Treasure of Nova Scotia by Noel Richards
Just before his death on the gallows in England, Captain Kidd said, "After my death, you may find treasure I have buried in a place where two tides meet." There are descendants of old pirates today living in Nova Scotia who point to the Bay of Fundy and say, "This is where the two tides meet, and where Captain Kidd hid his treasure. Annapolis Royal, formerly Port Royal, was the first settlement on the North American continent. Fort Anne has seen many a battle between the French, English and Indians. Treasures of antiquity abound in this area. There is a tradition that a year after Captain Kidd had been taken to England on charges of piracy and hanged in 1701, some of his old pirate crew appeared off old Port Royal - modern-day Annapolis - searching for treasure they swore he had buried in that region on an island in the wide Bay of Fundy. Despite their exhaustive search, they did not find it. Legends say that Captain Kidd buried gold contained in wooden trunks, leather bags, kegs and canvas sacks on an island which lies 4 miles off the shores of County Yarmouth in the southeastern end of the Bay of Fundy. The spot is marked by a cleft rock in which is driven sticks of lignum vitae, a very hard and heavy wood similar to ebony or teak.. Star Island, off the southern shores of Nova Scotia, is known to have been frequented by American pirates and privateers in the late 17th and 18th centuries. The pirate Edward Baker is said to have cached $200,000 in gold and a quantity of various stores in a cave in a hillock on Star Island. The treasure was buried in three separate locations.Tradition says that a large chest of gold doubloons was dug up on Spook Island, near Dover, Peggy's Cove and Jolly Roger's Bay, one day's ride from Chester in Mahone Bay. In 1795, three young men landed at Oak Island, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and came upon a scarred, horizontal oak limb overhanging a depression in the earth. Little were they to know that they would begin, what has become, the most widely publicized and well-known treasure location today. On the following day they returned with picks and shovels and commenced digging, eventually uncovering wooden platforms at approximately ten, twenty, and thirty foot levels before finally deciding that much more elaborate equipment would be required to verify their suspicions of buried treasure. Later operations unearthed wooden platforms at ten foot levels down to one hundred and ten feet below the surface, with the exception of two which were of ship's putty and of charcoal. A drill, used in one of these undertakings, brought to the surface the only actual treasure located here after two and a half centuries of digging...bits of a gold chain and a small section of parchment was found. At ninety feet, the excavators discovered a thin flat stone bearing indecipherable characters.
Evidence obtained from numerous digging and drilling operations indicates that the treasure is located in a cemented subterranean structure some forty feet from the floor to the ceiling, the bottom of the structure, or vault, being reached at approximately 150 feet below the surface. The treasure vault is protected by a joining tunnel at 110 feet which connects with drains from the Atlantic Ocean and whenever digging operations reach this depth, the shaft fills with water. All efforts to destroy this inlet have been unsuccessful.
The origin of the treasure in this vault, which seems to consist of at least seven chests and barrels, is not know, but may possibly be Norse. Another rumor says it consists of the crown jewels of Louis XVI of France.
A treasure company engaged in the 1930's at Oak Island, found that as a result of constant flooding through the inlet tunnel, the vault itself is no longer stationary, but shifts its position in the softened earth around it.
More recent excavations included the use of a submersible television camera which worked intermittently. During one of its working moments, a closed-circuit screen revealed the image of several chests and the form of a human hand floating in the waters below. From time-to-time the leases on searching this area are taken up and renewed. Among the many hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in trying to recover this treasure and unravel its mysteries, only those tiny bits of gold chain and parchment testify to treasure lying below. A "second money pit" is believed to have been discovered on mystery-shrouded Oak Island by recent treasure seekers. Tradition says that loot sacked from Lunenberg by the pirate Captain Scammell and Noah Stothard, was buried in an island in Shad Bay or in neighboring Mahone Bay. In the early 1800's, an iron chest 3 feet long, 2 feet wide and 1 1/2 feet deep was recovered from a hole near a well-known mark on some rocks on Owl's Head, which lies at the entrance of St. Margaret's Bay, Halifax. The heavy chest was found by a woman who claimed to be a descendant of Captain Kidd the pirate.. Legends tell of pirate treasure cached in St. Margaret's Bay.. A former pirate told of a ship which landed at St. Margaret's Bay and buried a cache of treasure.. Pirates are said to have cached their plunder on Clam, (also known as Corkan, Cochrane, Redmond and Plum Islands) sometime around 1768. The cache, boxes of gold valued by some at $15,000,000 and others at $50,000,000, was buried by Captain William Edward Keede, not to be confused with the famous Captain William Kidd, and is hidden in a cave located at the summit of a hillock in the eastern part of the island. The location is approximately 35 miles east of Oak Island. It is believed that more than one cache of treasure exists here..* Pirate treasure is suspected as being cached at Privateer's Cove, an inlet of Dover Bay.