Saturday, April 27, 2013

X - X Marks the Spot

As a boy, I often imagined the ghosts of pirates hovering over their hoard like flies over a cow patty.

Buried treasure fascinated me.  So much so that I when playing alone I would bury a jar of pennies in the back yard, when draw a map to the treasure.

Two problems.

First, I knew where I’d buried it, so I didn’t require a map.  Second, the one time I trusted someone to bury that jar, I never found it despite his intricate map.

Lesson learned.

The concept of buried treasure still fascinates me to this day.

One of my favorite accounts concerns an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada

Oak Island.  Also known as the Money Pit.

Since 1795 treasure hunters from all over the world have excavated there looking for a hoard, as some translated indicate, “forty feet below, two million pounds buried.”

Nothing has ever been found, yet the theories range from Captain Kidd’s treasure to Marie Antoinette’s jewels to Spanish galleon treasure.

Make no mistake, hunting for whatever it is would fascinate me, but when I ponder it, I can't help but think of the ghosts of the people who died there?

Do they haunt the place still, I wonder?  Waiting for the right person to come along.

What about the ghost of Captain Kidd or, according to a theory, Edward Teach (Blackbeard)?  Might their ghost be preserving their treasure by leading folks astray?

Logic would indicate that if something did occupy the depths of the Money Pit, then modern technology would have found it.

Then again, every technology dating back to 1795 thought itself modern.

It’s the why that haunts me.  Why after over 200 years do folks still search if nothing has been found?

I’d love to explore the island, just to get a feel of the place and of the lost dreams of lost treasure and lost lives.

Here is the Wiki link should you like to explore more.



  1. I remember scouring beaches with my sisters as a kid, certain we'd be able to unearth some pirate treasure if we only looked hard enough.

    It's a fascinating thing, isn't it, how people fixate on something like the Money Pit and can't let it go?

    Enjoyed your post--thank you!

  2. Ah the lure of easy money. Although digging a 40 foot hole doesn't sound too too easy to me lol. I guess it is a 'money pit' of a sort though if it is bringing in tourists.

  3. Going to Nova Scotia this summer. Will have to check it out!
    Cool story.

  4. I love Nova Scotia. This would make a great adventure. Very creative X post! Thanks for the fun. Mary at Mary A to Z

  5. The excitement of exploration, the thrill of discovery, the eagerness to make a name for oneself...lots of reasons for people to go searching for gold.

    Oh, and the money!

    Stopping by from A to Z!

  6. Thank you everyone for the comments!!! I do appreciate them all!

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  8. Any pirate worth his salt would haunt his buried treasure, right? I'd love to be the one to find it and see Blackbeard's ghost too!


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