Thinking About Oak Island Treasure

Like so many others, I find myself drawn to the Oak Island Mystery. It's not so much the idea of a treasure, but the idea of a secret, and the idea of an unsolved mystery.

Personally, I have my doubts there is a treasure, at least not one in the form of a treasure chest of pirate gold, jewels and the like. Now before I go any further, let me say I think that some form of monetary treasure may quite possibly turn out to be buried there, but the real treasure, the real 'raison d'etre' of Oak Island, is something else. That 'something else' is less tangible than buried treasure, more intrinsic, even esoteric, in nature.

What exactly that is, I don't know....

Millions of dollars and several men's lives have been sunk into and lost on Oak Island since the first 'discovery' purported to have happened in 1795 when three men discovered what they figured were the signs of something having been buried on the tiny island in Mahone Bay, off the coast of Nova Scotia. Since those were the days of pirates and bucanneers along the south coast of Nova Scotia, it was quickly theorized to be a treasure buried by pirates.

Since then, theories and ideas, have kept the dream alive for over 200 years, in the hearts and minds of treasure hunters and those who love a mystery.

Over the years, many famous Masons have been involved in the Oak Island search, including actors, John Wayne, Errol Flynn and at least one U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose company Old Gold Salvage group searched in 1909. But, men of that era were likely to be Masons anyway, so whether they came with a Masonic knowledge, or whether their Masonic affiliation is just a coincidence, remains to be seen. But you have to wonder, what would possess someone like John Wayne or Errol Flynn, to sink money into digging up a tiny island in Nova Scotia?

The problem, in my opinion, is that the Oak Island mystery is like so many others, the longer it is unsolved, the more difficult it becomes to solve. Clues disappear over time, witness' die, move away, or their memories fade or become distorted. Folklore gets passed on down the line, but it too changes over time, until the story takes on an entirely different one than that which started it all.

Add to that, the possibility, that even though researchers and treasure hunters tell us they are after one thing, perhaps in reality they are after another. It is entirely possible that what is really on or under Oak Island has nothing to do with treasure in terms of gold or silver coins from the pirate era. It is also entirely possible that at least some of those who have searched for it, know that in reality, that is not what they are really searching for. It is also entirely possible that there is nothing there anyway, whatever it was, if anything is long gone.

I believe, that there is a connection to the Masonic Lodge, to possibly the Knights Templar, and likely Prince Henry Sinclair,(St Clair) who it turns out, visited and lived in Nova Scotia, long before the "New World" was officially discovered.

We now know, although it is not something that is widely spoken of, or taught in schools, that Henry Sinclair,(or St Clair) a Knight Templar, or at least a Scottish Nobleman with strong family ties to the Templars and to European and Scandinavian Royalty, visited and perhaps lived in Nova Scotia about 100 years before the "official" discovery of the New World in 1492. It is possible, in fact, in the minds of some historians, quite plausible, that Henry Sinclair may have brought something with him to Nova Scotia. It's speculated that what he brought, could have been at least part of the Templar Treasure, to the New World, and had hidden it on Oak Island. It is also possible that either he took it with him when he left, or someone else came back for it later. It is also not beyond the realm of possibility that whatever was there, was put there before him, and he came to retrieve it.

At the mouth of the Lahave River, that flows into Mahone Bay, there are the long worn down remains of an ancient castle. Castles are not something that Nova Scotia has, forts yes, built years later by the British and the French, but castles are in short supply. However, a Scottish nobleman, who lived in a castle, who was familar with castle building, stone work and the like, would probably build himself a castle in the new land he had 'discovered'

That castle would be a refuge and home while he and his men did whatever they needed to do on Oak Island. Whether that was burying or digging up, remains to be learned. What is known, or can be surmised, is that whatever Oak Island holds, it was serious enough to require intensive, complicated work, to create a hiding place for it.

The Henry St Clair, or Henry Sinclair story, goes on to say that after several years in Nova Scotia, he packed up and left, and as far as history records, he never returned. Perhaps he had no need to return.

If Henry Sinclair didn't take the 'treasure' home with him, it might be that the famous depression in the ground, the shaft, that was first discovered in 1795 was what was used to remove the treasure, not put it there. Someone who knew of the buried treasure, who had the necessary key to dealing with the flooding tunnels and other things that have stymied modern day searchers, came for and removed, whatever was there many years ago.

So is there still a treasure to be found somewhere beneath Oak Island? I don't know, nor mean to imply I know, I am only speculating. Perhaps it's not so much the treasure as it is the hunt, not so much untold riches as it the idea. The idea of finding that which was lost, something that is a theme in Masonic teachings. Is the Oak Island Mystery just that? An idea? Or is it a message?

The more I read, and the more I think about Oak Island, The Holy Grail, The Knight's Templars, and esoteric history, the more I feel that Oak Island plays is an important piece of the puzzle, far deeper and far more complicated than any buried pirate treasure....
There is a good synopsis of the history of the Oak Island Treasure Hunt Here including a diagram of the shaft.


Oak Island Treasure said...

Great aricle! I enjoyed your take on the Templar connection to Oak Island - one of my favourite theories.

I've been documenting the activities of the latest excavation team (Oak Island Tours Inc) and thought you might be interested to read their official comment on the dig for 2009:

J said...

Thanks Jo!

Karen Baumgartner said...

Where is it documented that Errol Flynn was a mason?

Cynthia said...

Hi there,

Just read your article. Very intriguing isn't it! I wonder if we'll ever know the answer. Haven't hear if there are any new clues to the mystery this year. I would love an update as to how the search is going.


Damien said...

Nice article although if sinclair was in the area i doubt that he built that castle , too much time to with not much manpower . Does that psychic have a good reputation who went into trance ??