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Oak Island and Its Lost Treasure

Civil engineers Graham Harris and Les MacPhie have spent over a decade investigating the enigma of Nova Scotia’s Oak Island. In this new edition of their book, they set out the previously unknown story of how complex and expensive engineering work was undertaken to create an elaborate flood tunnel on the island. Built to frustrate treasure seekers attempting to get at the valuables buried decades earlier at the bottom of the island’s Money Pit, the tunnel has admirably served its purpose. It has ensured that all efforts up to now to recover the treasure have been unsuccessful.

Oak Island poses two different challenges for treasure seekers. There is a deep mine shaft, at the bottom of which the treasure lies. The authors offer evidence that this treasure came from the wreck of a Spanish galleon in the seventeenth century.

Even more mystifying than the mine shaft is the complex tunnel which links it to the ocean. Harris and MacPhie have determined that the project would have required a labour force of over 100 men to supplement a small force of experienced miners. The work would have taken almost two years to complete. In new chapters written for this edition, they present the evidence they have discovered in British military history records which shows who commanded this force, how it reached Nova Scotia, and when the work was carried out.

The new facts and insights offered in this book are a startling and convincing addition to the history of Oak Island.

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Preface – explains the differences between editions of the book and what new material is in this one. Introduction – History of Oak Island, introduces the mystery of oak island and … 10 $1.00

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1795 – 1805. Tracing the history of the theory that treasure is buried on Oak Island; includes Daniel McGinnis discovering the Money Pit, traces different discoveries on the island, … 20 $2.00

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1845-1866, the recommencment of the search for treasure on Oak Island (Truro Syndicate), issues with water while excavating, 1849 drilling program, 15 $1.50

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1866-1885, the endeavors by the Halifax Company that are murky due to lack of surviving records 6 $0.60

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1893-1903 the founding of the Oak Island Treasure Company and the exploration that they undertook on Oak Island, the drilling program of 1897 18 $1.80

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1909-1943, Captain Harry Bowdoin of New York and the Old Gold Salvage and Wrecking Company and the important evidence that they found, edwin Hamilton, 21 $2.10

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1955-2005, George Greene’s work on the Island (Summer1955), William and Victor Harmon (1958), Robert Restall (1965) killed in shaft they dug, Robert Dunfield (1965) excavates, discoveries … 43 $4.30

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Analyzes important clues of a technical nature leading to a theory that the flood tunnel was not part of the original excavation project. The overwhelming conclusion that emerges from the … 11 $1.10

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briefly reviews the history of the region with a view to establishing the backdrop against which the excavation of the Money Pit would likely have been carried out towards the end of the 17th century 10 $1.00

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Looks at Sir William Phips’s (1651-1695) connection to Oak Island and the evidence to his connection and his history of treasure seeking 20 $2.00

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Looks at Charles Mordaunt (1658-1735)and the conspiracy that surrounds him in connection with Oak Island and Phips 9 $0.90

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This chapter summarizes the evidence for a military connection to Oak Island. What follows is a reconstruction of how the Flood Tunnel was excavated and the Smith’s Cove cofferdam … 24 $2.40

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contains an assessment of the value of the lost treasure still awaiting recovery 6 $0.60

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Summary of shafts, major drilling campaigns and excavations from 1795 to 2005 11 $1.10

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Include with all chapters 13 $1.30