'The Curse Of Oak Island' Recap: 02/09/2021

Post by: Rick Ellis 09 February, 2021

We are now beginning episode thirteen of the eighth season of The Curse Of Oak Island and not to be underselling any possible discovery this week, but the title of this episode is "The Fellowship Of The Ringbolt." Instead of something more treasure-like such as "The Fellowship Of The Massive Chests Of Pirate Gold."

As always, the tease at the top of the episode sounds promising. A couple of things are uncovered in the swamp by metal detection expert Gary Drayton, including what I assume is the "ringbolt" mentioned in the episode title as well as the lock for what is later described as belonging to a "large box or chest." And apparently they discover more wood in one of the money pit drill holes. And awaaaaay we go.....

At the start of "another exciting day on Oak Island," Rick Lagina is showing Tom Nolan the team's progress so far in the swamp. They have uncovered what appears to be two massive stone roads in the Southeast corner of the triangle-shaped swamp. One of which may be leading directly to the original money pit treasure shaft. Tom Nolan is also a landowner on Oak Island, but he is also the son of the late treasure hunter Fred Nolan, who spent nearly 50 years trying to find treasure on the island. He was convinced there was something of value in the swamp, but son Tom admits that his dad probably wasn't expecting to find stone roads.

The team has brought in archaeologist Dr. Aaron Taylor to oversee the excavations in the swamp. He tells Rick Lagina and Tom Nolan that his best guess is that the stone road was built and used as a way to transport some sort of containers or other large items to the uplands are where the money pit is located. He also has found small bits of coal mixed in with the stone road and some areas appear to be supported by wood stakes or timbers.

Later that afternoon, Rick Lagina and members of the team are in the War Room to discuss a piece of metal that was discovered recently in the digs of the money pit. They are receiving a report from Dr. Christa Brosseau, who has been able to shed some light on the age of the item. The item was found in the borehole known as C-9 and it was found with a number of pieces of wood. The hope is that it can be dated accurately enough to show it might be part of the so-called "Tupper Shaft." The shaft is named for Adam Tupper a member of the Trurow Company, who constructed a shaft in 1850 just ten feet NW of the original money pit. 

Her tests have determined the square nail was made after 1840. So while it doesn't prove they've found the Tupper Shaft, it certainly is a promising sign. Although, pretty much every episode has one or two promising yet not quite definitive moments.

Back at the money pit the next morning, Oak Island Project Manager Scott Barlow, geologist Terry Matheson and surveyor Steve Guptill are supervising the team's core hole drilling operation in borehole CD-8.5. They are hoping to confirm that they have located the Tupper Shaft. When they pull up a core that runs from only 18-28 feet down, it includes a significant amount of stacked lumber. It certainly appears to be a slice of a wall of some kind. 

Later that day, Oak Island historian Doug Crowell and Scott Barlow travel 50 miles from Oak Island to meet with blacksmithing expert Carmen Legge. They brought the item which appears to be some sort of a latch that was found by Gary Drayton on Lot 13. Legge says it appears to a higher end double-bolted lock, used to secure a large box or trunk. (Cue narrator: "A large box? Like the boxes that might have been used by the Knights Templar?")

Later that afternoon, Scott Barlow joins Rick Lagina and geoscientist Dr. Ian Spooner at the dig in the swamp area. They are continuing to uncover the mysterious stone road and they find a number of pieces of wood buried under the road and intertwined with the stone. Which is good news, since they can carbon date the wood and hopefully put some sort of specific construction date to the project. 

The following morning, Craig Testor, along with metal detection expert Gary Drayton, join the excavations in the swamp. As Drayton examines the dirt that is being uncovered, he discovers what appears to an old lock. 

The next day, Marty Lagina and his son Alex arrive at the old homestead of Samuel Ball, who owned Lot 25 from the late 18th Century to the mid-19th Century. Laird Niven has been supervising an excavation of the site once owned by one of Oak Island's most controversial figures. Born a slave on a plantation in South Carolina in 1765. He escaped at age 11 and made his way north. He eventually won his freedom when he joined the British military forces during the American Revolution. After the war was over, he traveled to Nova Scotia, where he bought a lot on Oak Island for a reported eight pounds. 

Although Ball was known to be a simple cabbage farmer, he somehow managed to become one of the wealthiest people in the province. He ended up owning 36 acres on Oak Island and several more on the mainland. Leaving people to wonder if he found some or all of the Oak Island treasure.

The Ball homestead has been designated a protected historical site by the Canadian government and Niven has obtained a special permit to dig at the location. The excavation is in its very early stages, but Niven has discovered a number of expensive pottery shards that date back to Samuel Ball's lifetime.

Meanwhile, back at the swamp, members of the team are continuing to work and determine where the stone road is headed. And as they search, Gary Drayton discovers some mysterious piece of winding iron. It could be a decorative handle or perhaps even a bracelet. And a bit later, Drayton uncovers a large hand-forged ringbolt. The ringbolt discovery is interesting, because when Fred Nolan was surveying the island during his searches in the 1960s, he discovered three large boulders near the edge of the swamp that large ringbolts driven into them. At the time, he believed someone had used the ringbolts to anchor a ship that had entered the swamp area back when it held more water.

Craig Testor, Rick Lagina and other members of the team arrive at the swamp to see the ringbolt. Laird Niven suspects it can easily be dated back to the 18th Century, which certainly fits into at least one of timelines for treasure being deposited on the island.

But with that, the episode ends and there are no teases for next week's episode. So let's meet here again next Tuesday?

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