The Curse of Oak Island S07, Ep12 – Fortified

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 7
Episode: 12
Title: Fortified
Original Air Date: February 2, 2020

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Synopsis: They guys head back to the swamp and its’ still not drained to the previous level but it’s getting better. It will still take another couple of days. The dendro on the timber is 1741 and it’s red spruce. No one expected that kind of wood or that it would predate the slipway. It could match with Fort Louisberg. Marty is curious about the underground work as this structure is below sea level even back when it was built. Rick and Doug go to Fort Louisberg to take a look at the fortress. Doug tells Rick that he thinks the Duke De-Anvie (sp?) is buried at this fortress. The recent journal that Doug found is discussed. The French at Fort Louisberg may have chosen to bury or hide their treasure on Oak Island because they may have already known that other treasure was already there. Gary and Jack go to Lot 27 with Peter to metal detect. He gets a small hit and moves on. A little distance away he gets a good hit. It turns out to be a piece of cut lead. He thinks it’s a discarded piece of a casted musket ball. They move on to the beach since it’s low tide. More of the beach is exposed. Gary gets a hit and Jack has to dig deep to find it. But Gary stops him and takes over with a trowel. It’s a sizable piece. It can’t be determined what it actually is until it’s cleaned up. He discusses how it’s likely several things that have combined together, but then flips it over and finds what looks like an axe head. He thinks its early 18th century. Rick and Doug arrive at Fortress Louisberg. An historian meets them. She tells them that what is left is one 1/5th of the original structure. They are taken to a chapel that has several crypts. They’re hoping to see what original structures looked like to be able to compare them to what they are finding on Oak Island. They see a structure for water, a drain system that looks similar to those in Smith’s Cove. She shows them a tunnel that was built to hold gunpowder that could be ignited to halt the enemies from attacking. The tunnel is original, but they can’t go in because a bat colony is there right now. She takes them to an office and they are being showed the plans for the fort and the tunnel. There is a tunnel on this map and the tunnel is in the shape of a cross. Rick asks about engineers drawings, which they don’t’ have. But she has pictures on her phone taken inside the tunnels, which are currently flooded. Rick is floored to learn they built a tunnel in a wet environment and it’s still dry. Back in the swamp, they start digging again. They have to dredge out the swamp carefully to get back to the stone walkway. Alex is monitoring the excavation and Billy seems to have cleared a good side view of something. Alex notices and stops him. He focuses on cleaning off the top of the stones to get a better view. The geologist comes over and is surprised at what he’s seeing. The limestone and such is normally not found at surface level but about 120 feet down. The swamp expert also joins them at the swamp. A lot of it has to be cleaned of debris and such that was brought in with the hurricane. Some strange stones are uncovered. It’s rocks that look like they’ve been fitted together, and it doesn’t occur like that in nature. The swamp expert says it’s different enough from how it would naturally be that he is not quite sure what to think of it. Laird comes in to take a look as well. He declares it is not natural in any way. It’s pointed out that if it was done by glaciers it would not be so uniform. Rick calls Marty and also sends him pictures of what has been uncover. The swamp expert thinks that when everything is uncovered its actually a large dock down the center of the swamp. It was most likely used for unloading a ship. It’s an historic find.

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