The Curse of Oak Island S02, Ep05 – The 90 Foot Stone

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 2
Episode: 5
Title: The 90 Foot Stone
Original Air Date: December 2, 2014

Rick Lagina
Marty Lagina
Dan Blankenship
David Blankenship
Craig Tester
Jack Begley
Alex Lagina
Dan Henskee
Charles Barkhouse
Robert Clotworthy

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Synopsis: Back at the site where they came up with a wood core sample they are drilling again to try and pinpoint the exact location of the Chapel vault. When the vault was originally found it had a non-natural substance on top. It was confirmed to be man-made. But before more progress could be made that shaft filled up with saltwater and halted all progress. They choose to go down the same core hole and go 18″ deeper. the core sample has clay, cement, wood and what looks like a vertical post. It seems they are on the side of something. A discussion ensues about how to move foreword. Is it X marks the spot or do they keep doing more core samples to try and ascertain a better location. However, there is also the challenge of excavating this core into a full excavation without triggering the water tunnels. A visitor comes to the island, Daniel Ronnstam, he has spent the last few years studying the island. He’s also a cryptographer who deals with ciphers. The item being discussed is the 90 foot stone. He states it’s a double cipher. He demonstrates how the cipher is broken. Using his methodology it reads, “At 80ft guide corn, long narrow sea inlet drain -F.” It’s the instructions on how stop the water flow. The stone is a beacon to keep people interested in the island. Alex brings up a point. At this time they don’t have the stone, the symbols of record may not be correct because there are no photographs or rubbings. There are just a few books that have the information. But it’s not certain if those are correct. Per Charles there is a record of stone being displayed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. But the stone vanished shortly after World War 1. Charles informs the team that he is a mason, so he will make calls to the masons to try and get more information to track down the stone. Kel Hancook, a mason, has volunteered to help them attempt to access the mason’s archives. J.B. McCulley is the name of the person who removed the stone. The head of lodge gives them permission and also says that he thinks its the work of the Knights Templar. In a flash back there is a side by side comparison of the Mi’kmag Flag and the Templar Battle Flag. They are identical, except for being reversed mirror image of each other. The lodge head reiterates that he believes it’s the work of the Templars. He asks them if they are ready for what they might find. Back in the war room the most recent coin is being cleaned. The timer dings and out comes the coin. It has parallel bars or lines on it. Tony thinks it looks like a Templar Cross. Tony reveals that he is also a mason. The Templars did have coins because they were the first bank. The bank system they created is the same banking system still in use today. Back at the Masonic lodge the grand librarian arrives to assist them. He scoured the archives looking for information on the man they seek. Per the librarian he’s not referenced in the material, but James Pitblado is. He was the drilling engineer. The story goes that he took something from an auger bit and he tried unsuccessfully to buy the land. He died several months later. The swamp is on the schedule today. Daniel Ronstamm also believes the vault is under the swamp, at the eye of the pyramid. He wants to use precise gps coordinates from Nolan’s Cross. They’ll use that data to fill in the rest of the points on the tree of life and determine the gps coordinate of the mercy point. Tony is standing in the swamp in gear. He is standing on a rock about 2 feet by 3 feet. There’s a lot more rocks as well. Rich wants to drain the swamp again and go over it with a fine tooth comb. Everyone meets in the war room to decide on their next step. Rick is going to be in charge of the draining, digging and searching of the swamp. Alex updates everyone on the stone and that it hasn’t been found. He fielded a call from a woman who has information. She’s in Europe and there are things there that will assist with the puzzle. The Money Pit is discussed next and the thought of doing another dye test. Craig suggests putting the dye down the money pit instead. Rick and Dave think it’s too risky, so that idea is scrapped. They will put dye down the 10X bore hole. Their progress is better than previous seekers. They located the original money pit, the Chapel shaft and a wooden chamber below.

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