Looking around, McGinnis observed that a number of oak trees surrounding the depression had been removed. In addition, McGinnis saw that a block and tackle hung from a severed tree limb directly over the shallow hole. Although some researchers refute the presence of the block and tackle, whatever he witnessed that day convinced him that the scene was worth investigating. McGinnis decided to leave the island to enlist the help of two friends, John Smith and Anthony Vaughan.
OAK ISLAND | The UnMuseum - Oak Island Mystery | One can only wonder what would have happened if young Daniel McGinnis had chosen to go exploring somewhere else on that fateful day in the summer of 1795. ... But McGinnis did see the clearing and the depression and the tackle block. ... He did return later with two friends ... And together, with picks and shovels, they did start perhaps the most famous treasure hunt of modern times. ...
The article that inspired Marty and Rick Lagina | Treasure Hunt: The Mystery of Oak Island • For 200 years, the promise of pirate’s payday buried deep in a pit off Nova Scotia’s coast has attracted schemers and dreamers from around the world. Every last one has gone home empty-handed. Is Oak Island cursed? | By David MacDonald: A Reader's Digest Classic, originally published 1965 • From The Rotarian (1965) | Read more at http://www.readersdigest.ca/features/drama-real-life/treasure-hunt
CANADA | The Oak Island Money Pit | Oak Island in Nova Scotia, Canada has been the site of treasure hunts since the 18th century. A deathbed confession from a pirate who was part of William Kidd's crew in the late 18th century is thought to be the source of the treasure legend. Early settlers believed the pirate had buried treasure worth millions of pounds in a manmade sinkhole on the island called the 'Money Pit'. | Adwo/Shutterstock