A great time at Oak Island Days 2007.
Well, I must say that this year’s Oak Island Days was a success! A great time was had by all. I believe that the spirit of the mysterious island was captured by those who attended the tours, lectures, and the exhibits. Oak Island Day’s hosted enthusiasts from all over the world, including people from the local south shore area. Some came from as far away as England, Calgary, and Florida. Such dedicated participation demonstrates how much enthusiasm there is to solve this mystery and to give the island its due credit as a part of Nova Scotia and Canadian heritage.
I first became interested in the Oak Island as a young man. At the age of six, I remember my father taking me down to the island for the tours in the big yellow school buses. My father who is from Port Medway on the south shore also visited with me at my great uncle’s who told me yarns and stories of pirates and the lost treasure of Oak Island. I was so captivated, and since I have been obsessed!
Since then, I purchased as many books as I could regarding Oak Island. I was determined that I, a pirate from Prince Edward Island could solve the mystery! As we all know, there are many theories which have been written as to who buried what on Oak Island. Many of us have that desire to find the treasure. I believe that Oak Island Days gives us all an opportunity to work together to solve this mystery.
Last year at Oak Island days, I met up with Danny Hennigar, and the rest of the treasure seeking crew! I was pleased to become a member of the society and board, and I am glad that this year’s festivities were a success!
I believe that the society accomplishes such good work as it strives to honour of all those who wish to solve the mystery and give special credence to the Oak Island. Whether it was Captain Kidd, the Spanish or Portuguese, the Knight’s Templar, the British government or Sir William Phips, we all want solve this mystery, and together this can be possible!
An overview of the weekend must be given! All the lectures and presentations were packed. Shoshanna Saxe’s presentation “Deep Excavation of the Money Pit using Artificial Ground Freezing (AGF)” was very enlightening, as it gave the audience one proposed method of excavating the ground on Oak Island. Author and engineer Les McPhee discussed Borehole 10x, its history and his thoughts on the role it will play in the future of the treasure expedition. Author and retired civil engineer Graham Harris enlightened the audience to his theory that the British Military attempted a cover up of a lost treasure between 1752-1754. Author D’Arcy O’Conner wrapped up the event with his lecture entitled “Debunking the Debunkers.” O’Conner looked at the past history of the island, its skeptics, and his case as to why Oak Island should be taken seriously.
On Friday an interesting tour of the island was given by Psychic Eugenia Macer. She defiantly could sense something was on the island, as even I discovered that my compass did not work! Historical tours of the island were given on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, Danny Hennigar did an excellent job as he provided a history of the island to the tourists. He also pointed out important landmarks that are key to solving the island’s mystery. While on the walk, some pirates managed to introduce themselves to the tourists, in the midst of digging up their treasure of gold doubloons!
Saturday night we partied! The Pirates’ Brannigan was a great time as fun was had at the dance. We thank the St. Martin’s River hall for the lovely meal that was prepared. I said the grace prior to the meal, and all present observed a moment of silence for those who lost their lives during the treasure hunt. Not only on Saturday, but during the weekend, many pirates found their way to the local watering hole the Black Pearl Bar and Grill, where stories of lost treasure were told over a pint or two.
All weekend, exhibits were set up around the Western Shore Improvement Centre, and the crowds that gathered enjoyed the pictures, artifacts, and videos that were shown. Members of the Loyalist Arms set up a table with replica props that could be purchased. This group was responsible for supplying all the props to Walt Disney Studios for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. There was also a chance to purchase books relating Oak Island and to get that special autograph from the authors who were in attendance. OITS shirts were also available as well as OITS collector coin pieces.
It seems that when a treasure hunter gets to a point when they want to solve the mystery, society in general realizes how dedicated these people are. Jim Hawkins once described the tough times of his treasure hunt in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island:
“The bar of silver and the arms still lie, for all that I know, where Flint buried them; and certainly they shall lie there for me. Oxen and wain-ropes would not bring me back again to that accursed island; and the worst dreams that ever I have are when I hear the surf booming about its coasts, or start upright in bed, with the sharp voice of Captain Flint still ringing in my ears: ‘Pieces of eight! pieces of eight!’”
As many of us know, there is new activity on Oak Island. Jim Hawkins’ words describe how much dedication is needed if one is to overcome the obstacles that have plagued Oak Island’s history. Mr. Blankenship who has owned much of the island has recently teamed up with a group from Michigan, USA. It seems that the tied had turned and for many at the OITS, a sense that the treasure will be found is becoming a remarkable reality.
Often one hears of treasure hunters, but very rarely do they have a chance to meet them. Perhaps the best part of the weekend was when a member of the Michigan group addressed the audience and filled them in on some of the recent details. From talking with the new owners, I got the sense that they were sincerely open and dedicated to solving the mystery of Oak Island. They are very nice people and I believe that they appreciate the work that we are all doing. It was such a pleasure to have them attend OITS events. This being said, the OITS along with its members look forward to offering any help they can to those who are searching for the treasure of Oak Island.
To conclude, it seems that what was enjoyed during the weekend was community. As members of the society gathered, including those of the general public, it was apparent that we all have a desire to make Oak Island an important piece of history. In order to do this, we need to sincerely work together, and then we all can enjoy the riches of Oak Island.