Oak Island – French Ships

Season 10 of The Curse of Oak Island continues to show new discoveries and theories.

Last week on Oak Island there was more information about the Garden Shaft, and the plan to rehabilitate the shaft. This week they showed some of the early progress.

Curse of Oak Island, History Channel, Did they find anything?Of course, one thing to remember is that the dig season is already over. They have taken the time to determine how to present things each week to build suspense and keep viewers tuned in.

oak Island, Money Pit, Mahone BayThey also continued to drill bore holes in the Money Pit area looking for shafts and tunnels. They found another void in a bore hole that was suspected to be a tunnel. They lowered a sonar device down the bore hole and found that there was some structure. They also lowered a camera and it looks like there was indeed a tunnel that heads toward the Garden Shaft.

Curse of Oak Island, Mahone Bay, Nova ScotiaA research team from France reported in and they presented evidence from log entries that two ships with large contingents of men visited Arcadia in the mid 1700’s and the destination was most likely the bay where Oak Island is located. This was followed by a large fleet of ships that were trying to reclaim Arcadia for the French and which may have visited Oak Island.

oak island, curse of oak lsland, satellite, money pitThey also did some more metal detecting near the area where it is believed a wharf was located. This area is also close to where they found the lead bag seal, so this further builds the connection to unloading supplies at a wharf. The found some partial barrel hoops that may date from the mid 1700’s.  The hoops may have been off a large barrel of supplies which could mean a large group of men.

They made a point of the origin of the bag seal as being from France because the lead had come from a region in France. However, I still have my doubts as there are good indications that the bag seal came from England. Does the origin of the lead really matter? I believe it is more important where the lead was used.  Bag seals would have been made from scrap lead that was reused. See: Lead Source

In the preview of the next episode they showed equipment arriving that will be used in the  rehabilitation program for the Garden Shaft. There were also some images of an artifact that was found that caused a lot of excitement and speculation that it was a religious item.

It looks like things will get interesting next week. It will be a multi-month project to rehabilitate the shaft so it will probably several weeks before anything will be found there. However, it looks like they are finding other near surface objects of importance in the meantime.

How long before they can finally go below the surface?

What will happen next?

Steven

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