Rumors have swirled for two centuries now about the treasure that might be found on Oak Island, a small crook of land tucked into the east coast of Nova Scotia. It’s been suggested that the island was the final resting place for booty that once belonged Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Columbus, the Knights Templar, King Solomon, and even the Aztecs. Rick and Marty Lagina have led the search for six seasons now to get to the bottom of The Curse of Oak Island that has vexed hundreds — maybe thousands — of treasure hunters before them.
But for all their efforts, thus far they’ve unearthed little more than some old coins, a broach, a button, some cat and human bones, a small gold cross, an iron spike, pottery fragments, and a plank of wood. Season 6 ended with the discovery of some sort of man-made underground structures that got everyone excited. The stakes got raised further in Tuesday’s season 6 recap, Drilling Down: Legacy. Suffice to say, you can count on a season 7.
The guys from Eagle Canada gave a presentation that revealed the presence of a structural “anomaly” underneath the swamp. There appears to be something roughly 200 feet long, 45 feet wide at one end and 25 feet wide at the other resting about 35 feet down. The shape screams out one thing only, but no one dares to say. Marty finally decides to put his cards on the table and asks that everyone confirm that they think it’s an “S-H-I-P.” Laughter erupts as heads nod all around.
Fred Nolan, the Laginas’ one-time rival who has since teamed up with them, has long suspected there was a ship beneath the swamp. His speculation had previously been buttressed by the discovery of spikes and nails consistent with a ship from 200 years ago. Rick finally asked if this new evidence is promising enough to move forward with excavation. “If you don’t do it, we will,” replied one of the Eagle Canada surveyors.
Drilling Down: Legacy wasn’t all smiles, though, as the team was also mourning the loss of friend and mentor Don Blankenship. Blankenship, like the Lagina brothers, was drawn to Oak Island by a Readers Digest article he read more than 50 years ago. He was so inspired by the mystery of Oak Island that he moved his wife there back in the ‘60s. He never stopped searching until his death in March at the age of 95. Rick Lagina looked back in awe at his friend’s life, noting “He’s never been beat, survived a war, wooed and won the woman he loved.” Doesn’t sound at all like a man on the losing end of a curse.
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