Oh how time flies!
This week is an exciting week in the adventures of Terror and Erebus through the mysteries and evidence of Oak Island. As our investigation draws to a close we will now take a look at the evidence as a whole and see how it stacks up.
A quick recap into what theories we’ve looked at surrounding Oak Island…
The Templar Treasure and the apparent protection of it by their age old brethren the Freemasons.
The location of the buried hoard of treasure of Captain William Kidd.
The secret vault containing the hidden, original manuscripts of William Shakespeare…or perhaps Sir Francis Bacon!
What surprised us during our investigation is that there are elements of the latter two theories that lend somewhat to our chosen view. As we compare and examine the evidence of each theory we will attempt to create connections to our current standpoint as we see it.
Captain William Kidd’s Treasure
The Templar Treasure and the Freemasons
Sir Francis Bacon and the manuscripts of Shakespeare
|Captain Kidd says from the Gallows that he has hidden ‘goods and treasure to the value of one hundred thousand pounds on an island in the Indies’.||The Masonic Allegory of the Secret Vault and the Royal Arch Degree||Deep interest in ciphers and codes|
|Kidd-Palmer Charts and the Oak Island resemblance||The triangle, the heart and the cross||Flasks of Mercury, known to preserve documents|
|1932 – A sea chest was purchased ornate hardware and a carving of a skull and crossbones.||
The letter G
|Parchment of Sheepskin found during drilling on Oak Island.|
|John Wayne and Franklin D Roosevelt||Owned Land in Newfoundland given to him by King James I in 1610.|
Let us begin by comparing each section of evidence against the other.
Captain Kidd announces he has buried his treasure in the Indies. Is he lying? If not we can use this proclamation as a strong exhibit against the argument of his treasure being located on Oak Island. This also lends nothing to our current theory.
Sir Francis and the Templar Treasure however link up here in some ways. In our analysis of alternative theories we stated that we would not uses Sir Francis Bacon’s love of ciphers and codes as evidence. However we are now presenting it as supporting fact that possibly link Sir Francis to the Oak Island Treasure.
During some research we discovered that Sir Francis Bacon was indeed a Mason, not a surprising fact considering his intellect and stature. The masons have long been known to be passionate about codes, riddles, hidden clues etc. If Sir Francis did want to hide his precious manuscripts perhaps he sought the help of his Masonic brethren who, in turn, suggested he bury his documents within their already established and well protected vault.
The second exhibits of evidence for each theory are possibly the weakest respectively. The Kidd-Palmer charts do not lend much credibility to being depictions of Oak Island. In fact we read somewhere that the only resemblance visible to Oak Island, speaking of the charts, was that it was completely surrounded by water.
The triangle, the cross and the heart shaped stone do fit with many of the symbolism and allegory of the Masons but could very well be coincidental discoveries, even black hole like pieces of evidence.
The flasks of mercury and the evidence to support their discovery on Oak Island are as elusive as the treasure itself. No documentation or any supporting claims can be validated to substantiate this claim.
The next portion of the evidence is possibly the most exciting only because we can finally connect all three. Kidd’s sea chest, purchased in 1932 by Huber Palmer was ornate and hand carved with a skull and cross bones. Of course, you might say, pirates and the skull and crossbones are synonymous. Not so fast, dear reader, the skull and cross bones dates back much further than the days of pillagers and sea faring thieves. In fact the skull and cross bones has long been known as a Masonic symbol of deep importance. It is referred to by Masons as Momento Mori and is a reminder of one’s mortality and also the rebirth one goes through when becoming a Freemason.
Sir Francis Bacon’s evidence in this category is not concrete or even particularly strong. However the discovery of sheepskin parchment on the Island proves that documents are buried somewhere in the money pit vault. Whether they do belong to Bacon or not does not matter. Any document buried so deep within a vault are of obvious import. The sad question is, did the drilling that brought this small piece of parchment to the surface destroy the bulk of the document in the process?
Finally we look at the last two pieces of evidence in our investigation. This is the one that prompted us to look into the potential connection to the Freemasons on Sir Francis Bacon’s behalf. It occurred to us, like Roosevelt and John Wayne, Bacon was somewhat of a celebrity himself. He had incredible resources and obviously friends in high places. Being given land by King James the I is no small gift and the location is paramount to the theory that either Bacon alone, is responsible for the buried mysteries at Oak Island or, as a mason, was aware of this complex hiding place. We will make our final decision about all this next time in closing remarks but for now the question for us isn’t whether or not Bacon knew about or orchestrated Oak Island but more-so is he William Shakespeare?
To close we leave you with our rating of importance in regards to all of this evidence from most important and plausible to the least.
1.The Freemasons allegory, symbology and influence
2.Bacon’s access to resources, wealth and people of high social standing
3.The hidden booty of the infamous Captain William Kidd
We would now ask you, the jury, for a recess as we break to consider the conclusion and eventual return to port from this grand expedition.
All at Sea,
Terror and Erebus