All the world’s a stage…for Pirates and Impostors!

Ahoy reader! 

Here we are again, Terror and Erebus back to discuss our expedition through the secrets of Oak Island.  Although we do not agree with what we are about to tell you, Terror and I are excited to reveal to you some alternative theories surrounding the Isle of Oaks.

Many theories have been scribed throughout the past 220 years of Oak Island treasure hunting.  And no, the Templar treasure is not quite the most popular.  It has been said that even Daniel McGinnis and his two friends, who originally began the excavations were believers that they were uncovering the hidden hoards of treasure and booty of the notorious Captain William Kidd!

History of Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd is considered a legend of piracy or so it has been told by an unknown author named Captain Charles Johnson.  Johnson wrote a book titled “A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates” which first appeared in 1724. This booked turned the public’s attention to Captain Kidd and sparked interest in his movements and exploits during, what has been referred to as, the “Golden Age of Piracy”.

The evidence:

Straight from the Captains mouth!

Captain Charles Johnson’s book, a bestseller for its time, eluded to the final words of Captain Kidd himself whilst standing on the gallows in 1701. Mere moments before his death, Kidd is purported to have told the onlookers that he had hidden ‘goods and treasure to the value of one hundred thousand pounds on an island in the Indies’.

Yes, yes, we know. Oak Island isn’t anywhere near the Indies. Captain Kidd’s activities are actually fairly well logged and documented and there is little reason to believe that the infamous captain was ever, anywhere near the coast of Nova Scotia during his illustrious career. Then again, if you hid a treasure, would you want anyone to know you were there?

Kidd-Palmer Charts and the Oak Island resemblance

In 1929, a pirate enthusiast and collector named Hubert Palmer purchased an antique 17th century bureau. A hidden compartment was soon after discovered and a chart with the Initials W.K. The chart showed a roughly drawn sketch of an Island. Of course, the chart bore resemblance to a treasure map but didn’t reveal the exact location of the island.

Hubert Palmer was immediately enraptured by his discovery and sought out more artifacts of Captain Kidd to try and discover further information to lend to the location of the mysterious island.

His mission of discovery, in fact, yielded results. They are as follows:

1931 – An old oak sea chest was discovered with yet another chart depicting the same Island, but again, with no location.

1932 – A similar sea chest was purchased, this one with much more ornate hardware and a carving of a skull and crossbones. This chest produced another chart of the same island but with much more detail. This particular chart showed the island surrounded by hills, lagoons, reefs and, the oh-so-classic, X-marks the spot.

1934 – A workbox, known to have belonged to Kidd’s wife was obtained. According to history, this was the discovery Hubert Palmer was waiting for, a depiction of the island with accompanying longitude and latitude co-ordinates. In true treasure hunting form, the island’s location was never revealed by Palmer and the treasure was never discovered.

In 1936, Gilbert Hedden was working on Oak Island as a part of an investigative team. It was during this time that the book “Captain Kidd and his Skelton Island” was published. This book featured the story of Hubert Palmer and the Kidd-Palmer Charts along with the author’s depiction of these charts (drawn from memory having seen them, but not the actual drawings). Hedden could not contain his excitement at the resemblance of the island on the charts to the island he was standing on…..Oak Island!!!!

Hedden’s theory re-established the general belief that Kidd had hidden his treasure off the coast of Nova Scotia and the theory has lasted ever since.

William Kidd to William Shakespeare…or is it Sir Francis Bacon?

It has long been theorized that William Shakespeare is, in fact, an alias for the enigmatic Sir Francis Bacon. It is believed by some that Bacon penned the plays, attributed to the famous bard, in an attempt to protect himself from harshening censor laws at the time.

Bacon was known to be an enthusiast of ciphers and codes and, in 1911, Dr. Orville Ward Owen followed a series of codes and ciphers, left by Bacon, and discovered an underground vault near the River Wye, North of London, England. Owen was, in fact, trying to prove that Bacon had written the original manuscripts of Shakespeare and concealed them in this vault. Unfortunately the vault was found to be empty with nothing but additional Baconian ciphers inscribed on its walls.

Check it out:

You must be wondering, where does Oak Island fit in?!?!?

A previously un-discussed article of the Oak Island money pit is the 90-foot stone. This doesn’t elude to its size but the depth at which it was discovered. As we mentioned before, oak logs were found at 10 foot intervals in the money pit. Purportedly, at the 90 foot level, laying atop those oak logs, was a coded message inscribed on a stone slab.

The stone slab was, of course, never preserved and only oral and written accounts claim its existence. The stone’s inscription is said to have read “Forty feet below 2 million pounds are buried”.

We aren’t going to present this as evidence to the theory of Sir Francis Bacon, but we will point out the connection between his love for ciphers and codes, and the discovery of this stone slab.

Here we go!

The Evidence:

Flasks of Mercury

It is reported that Sir Francis Bacon, being both a man of means and intelligence, was well versed in the art of preserving documents in mercury. It is also reported, although it is not known when, that flasks of mercury have been discovered on Oak Island. A discovery such as this would point to documents being preserved in the supposed vault at Oak Island.


Sometime after 1893, the Oak Island Treasure Company began their own excavation of the money pit. During one particular drilling operation, a piece of sheepskin parchment was brought to the surface. This is another piece of evidence that documents of some kind are preserved in a vault somewhere around the 150-170 foot level. Sheepskin parchment was a well-known medium for manuscripts in the time of Sir Francis Bacon and far superior to the popular and more affordable, vellum (calf skin paper).

Land on the Rock

Sir Francis Bacon apparently owned land in Newfoundland. He acquired this land as a gift from King James I in 1610. Obviously Sir Bacon had significant contacts and resources and owning property in Newfoundland clearly brought him that much closer to Oak Island. Is it possible that the Knight in question here buried secrets he wanted preserved? He certainly had the motive and the resources to pull off such a magnificent feat.

Well we did it! Bit the bullet and actually looked at alternative theories to the mystery on Oak Island. The amazing thing is, and we haven’t discussed them here, but we may have made some new discoveries in relation to our own beliefs concerning the buried treasure on Oak Island.

Is it the Templar Treasure?

Is it the buried hoards of treasure of Captain William Kidd?

Is it the lost, original manuscripts of William Shakespeare as penned by Sir Francis Bacon?

Or, do they all connect in the strange and twisted way that Oak Island spins its lush history?

Tune in next week as we stack all the evidence and continue our expedition!!!!

Yours in time,

Terror and Erebus

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