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The Curse of Oak Island S05, Ep15 – Steel Trapped

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 5
Episode: 15
Title: Steel Trapped
Original Air Date: February 20, 2018


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


Synopsis: They recap the work being halted due to a blockage. The chisel hammer is used and it gets torn up as well. The team prepares for the day, when Kathleen arrives on the island. She has new information to provide them and she also gets to see the cross they found. She’s very excited. Kathleen explains how they made necklaces of gold disguised as lead in shapes of rhomboids and crosses. They all head back to Smith’s Cove. She’s dying to do some digging. They next day they head back to the Money Pit to try and break through the blockage. They also start draining DMT. Rick, Gary and Marty head to Lot 8 to metal detect. An embossed keyhole is found. Could it fit with the key that Rick was given? This item looks handmade. Back at DMT, they prepare to lower a camera down to figure out what’s blocking the shaft. What they see on the camera doesn’t give them much. There’s just a lot of clay. But water is also starting to seep back in. It floods in in a massive gush. The team tries to puzzle out what’s in the shaft. They drillers feel that it’s a steel plate at 90 feet obstructing the path. Everyone meets in the war room (and digitally) to discuss the situation. Mike Huntley is mentioned. They want to have him dive it to figure out what is blocking the casing.

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The Curse of Oak Island S05, Ep14 – The Templar Connection

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 5
Episode: 14
Title: The Templar Connection
Original Air Date: February 13, 2018


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


Synopsis: Gary and Rick are searching Smith’s Cove. They find a very old cross. It then goes over the history of the holy wars and the first crusade. It also covers how the Templars were created. They also worked under the Temple Mount. Excavation went on for ten years and then abruptly stopped. They also created the first banking system. The Templars had loaned a large sum of money to the King of France. The King doesn’t want to pay the loan back and turns on them. He gets the Pope to turn against them. The grandmaster is tortured for years then burned at the stake. He cursed the King of France and the Pope with his last breathes. By the end the remaining Templars were imprisoned in Domme. They carved their beliefs into the walls. There is a carving on the wall at Domme that matches the cross they found at Smith’s Cove. Only 500 Templars were arrested, 3500 still remained free. It’s believed they fled to Scotland, where the Templars already had a stronghold. Historians show that they likely headed west to the North America. Documentation was found to support it. The trajectory would have landed them in Nova Scotia, Latin for New Scotland. This was in 1398. All this research leads them to Zena Halperin. A trip is also recapped to New Ross. It’s possibly an ancient Templar structure. They see a stone that has a Templar cross. Previous excavations on the property showed a stone foundation. It’s thought that the Templars mined gold and silver there on the continent as well. Another researcher shows the brothers a stone in Overton. It has many carvings, including a Templar cross. It suggests a treaty between the native peoples and the Templars. The native flag is looked at. It’s a reversal of the Templar flag. Oak Island is now discussed. The pit and the box drain. It’s believed the native peoples helped with the project. We then move on to the find of the coconut fiber and it’s dating. The tree of life is also covered. Stones on the island form it. It’s also carved on the walls in Domme. Another researcher shows that geometrically speaking the stones forming Nolan’s cross are a part of the tree of life, some of the stones are just missing. The Freemasons are discussed. Many believe the Freemasons are the modern day Knights Templar. There are similarities between Templars and Freemason symbols, rites and rituals. The 9 chambers of a temple and also the 9 levels of wood planks are discussed. Possible treasure is also discussed, whether it’s something religious, gold, etc.

The Curse of Oak Island S05, Ep08 – Dan’s Breakthrough

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 5
Episode: 8
Title: Dan’s Breakthrough
Original Air Date: January 2, 2018


Cast:
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: At the Money Pit the drilling team is preparing to put a 50” casing down H8. We get a recap of all the things that have come out of H8 so far. Marty drops a symbolic coin down the small H8 shaft. In the war room the bones are discussed. The Middle East bone is 1682-1736. The European bone is 1678-1764. These were found at 162 feet and no one is quite sure what to think. The team meets with an historian at a pub. The discuss the map from Zena. The name on the map is that of Crusader Kings. He tells them about a special collections room in the library at the college he works out. Gary joins them and they do some metal detecting and digging. He finds part of a horseshoe. They also find several sunken wells in the ground, but they team thinks they are old shallow search pits. Grapeshot, cannon ammunition is also found. A coin in an irregular shape is found as well. Alex and Charles joins the historian in the information hunt in the library. They find a map, with Mahone Bay missing. At the Money Pit, they are just about ready to start digging H8. Back in the library, they find a family tree. In the war room, Rick and Alex video call Nichola. She’s a French researcher and translator. She’s been in touch with a member of the family named on the map. She’s invited the team to come out to the castle, where she lives. It’s the day the drilling in H8 begins. Dan comes to join them for the start of this dig. The casing gets two things written on it, “Dan’s Breakthrough” and “Forever Family.” Rick asks Dan to hit the button to start the big dig.

The Curse of Oak Island S05, Ep07 – The Lot Thickens

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 5
Episode: 7
Title: The Lot Thickens
Original Air Date: December 19, 2017


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


Synopsis: The head of the Geotech drilling company stops by to check on the progress. At this point they’ve drilled 44 holes. The hole that they are most interested in is H8. They want to drill a 50” hole at this location. Meanwhile, Paul Speed, an area historian meets with the team. He tells them that a way to mine under the ocean floor was discovered in England. He also tells about Sir Francis Drake and an Inca city that he raided. He feels that there is a vault that has multiple treasures in it, but that it was also forgotten and that is why it’s been untouched so long. He continues on to say he believes Sir Francis Drake is buried on Oak Island. Jack, Charles, Gary Drayton and Laird go back to lot 26 to metal detect. They find a wall, but it looks different than the rest of the walls they have found on the island. While exploring the area, they find a square shape in the ground. Laird tells them that a permit is required to dig on that lot. At St. Mary’s the scrap turns out to be parchment. There is also a piece of black leather. She states its parts of a book and book binding. They find another depression. The area gets cleared so Marty can bring in the backhoe to excavate. While digging they find concrete but Marty can’t dig any deeper. The team gets additional information on the bones. One is European and the other is Middle Eastern. At the money pit, the equipment is being brought in to drill H8.

The Curse of Oak Island S05, Ep06 – Remains of the Day

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 5
Episode: 6
Title: Remains of the Day
Original Air Date: December 12, 2017


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


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


Synopsis: Jack and Dan Henske sift through H8 spoils. They find a lot of things to have examined and also a piece of pottery. Rick and Charlies arrive and they all go to the museum to take a closer look. They are impressed with the pottery. Next they look at some type of wood. The next day, Rick, Marty and Craig head to St. Marys to get results from a bone and a piece of wood they had previous dropped off. They also take the new finds with them. Everyone heads down with the new samples. It’s not wood but bone. The bone fragment was found at 160 feet. The second item is also a piece of bone. It has tissue and hair still attached. Back at the island, the spoils search continues. Jack find something that resembles leather. At the Money Pit, 35 bore holes have been dug. A geophysicist is brought in to do a dual conduction test on each bore hole. Rick is missing from today’s search. Marty looks in on him. He thinks its Lyme Disease or shingles. Marty takes him to the doctor. The doctor diagnoses him with Lyme Disease. His case was caught early and can be treated. At the money pit, the scan continues, and they are on H8. There are two depths they are interested in more than the rest. The get a spike at 155 feet and think they have found the Chappell Vault. Marty goes to Rick’s and tells him what they found. The pair believe they have found the money pit. Rick joins the team in the war room with results from St. Mary’s. It’s about the bones. They both came back as human bones. The analyst is going to try and determine where the bones originate. They’ll also carbon date them to get an age.

The Curse of Oak Island S04, Ep15 – Blood is Thicker

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 4
Episode: 15
Title: Blood is Thicker
Original Air Date: February 21, 2017


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Synopsis: Digging in GAL1 continues. Lots of wood is coming up between 114 and 119 feet. On Lot 18 Marty, Charles and Gary Drayton are searching the spoils from the shaft. They find a sailing cloth needle. Gary says he found a gold coin, but it turns out to be a button. Later that day, two of the McGinnis sisters arrive on the island. The third sister passed away. Some of her ashes were put into a small sculpture. They’ve come to add her ashes to the McGinnis Foundation. After they all go to the museum. The sisters have brought the gold cross back for analysis by Dr. Lori. She is an art and antiquities expert. She is very intrigued by the cross. It’s high carat weight rose gold. It was made in a cast and the holes are for emeralds. Charles also gives her several other items to see. The tag she is able to see the word Ball on. Next, she examines the spike. The spike piques her interest and she opts to take it with her for further analysis. Back at the spoils pile, they continue to search for metal objects. They find a piece of metal that looks hammered and has a square hole. At GAL1 the grab brings up wood. Some of the piece’s measure 5 inches. As the grab keeps coming up its bring all different kinds of wood each time. Marty thinks it’s the side of an old searcher shaft. Dave Blakenship is not sure where the wood is coming from. They are all a bit excited. As the grab comes up you hear metal scraping. When it exits the tube, you see the metal hanging out of the grab. Closer examination shows it looks hand hammered and it’s heavy. Dave has no idea why it’s down there. Rick and Craig call Marty to let him know what’s going on. The two go through more spoils brought up and put on the land mover. They find pieces of charcoal. It could be the remains of a searcher furnace. It came at a depth of 154 feet. The manager running the dig comes to the brothers and lets them know that the drilling case has a metal object at about 154 feet and they can’t advance it anymore. They decide to lower in a chisel piece in to break up what’s stopping them from advancing. The team heads back to Dan’s house. Dr. Lori is there with the spike and answers. It’s a wrought iron spike that was used like a finishing nail on a Spanish Galleon deck. They tell her about the other spikes that Nolan found in the swamp. She goes on to say that the spike speaks to a date and the coin a culture. Jack is still uncertain and Dr. Lori confirms it’s 100% from a Spanish Galleon and that it could have been sailed by the Spanish or someone who was not Spanish could have procured it. The next day they are back at the money pit. They’ve chiseled through the metal layer and will be using a smaller grab for the next five feet or so. The grab brings up more metal. It’s a corner plate with holes. It’s hammered metal and the holes are not cleanly cut. It has a lot of marks on it too. The next grab brings up washers. They might have located the Chapel Vault or the real Money Pit. The objects coming up have never been documented as items used by previous searchers. Even the drilling team helps Marty and Rick go through the spoils. At 160 feet, multiple metal washers have been found. They are now grabbing below the casing and can only go as far as it will go safely. But it sounds like the grab might have caught on something. The operator says that he’s hooked something and it’s stuck at 160 feet. He tries several techniques to get it free and successfully brings it up. They suspend the dig for now as they can go back to the hole again next season. In the war room, they video conference Dr. Lori. The coin/button is the first thing she speaks about. She confirms it was a British military button dating to the mid-1700s. Next up is the corner hinge with holes. She says they were used to assemble treasure chests. It dates 1650 – 1800. Now they discuss their plan for next year. Rick won’t give up on the swamp. They’ll also continue in Smith’s Cove. The Money Pit is a big discussion and price point but they will continue there as well. Dan shares some wisdom about the next season. The team all says their goodbyes until next season.

The Curse of Oak Island S04, Ep14 – Sticks and Stones

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 4
Episode: 14
Title: Sticks and Stones
Original Air Date: February 14, 2017


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Synopsis: The brothers look at all the timbers brought up from the third hole. It appears that it’s just been clay since those timbers were brought up. They are at around 120 feet depth at this point. This grab brings up a circular piece of wood. A wedge of wood is also brought up. A rainstorm hits and they can continue to work in the rain. Lightning starts and the crew is forced to shut down operations because of all the metal. The brothers take all their finds over to Dan’s house to get his opinion on them. Marty shows him the round log and asks if it could be one of the original logs found on the ten foot platforms. Dan holds his opinion until the carbon dating comes back. Rick, Charles and Jack take a couple of stonemasons to see Nolan’s Cross. The rock they show them is the one that is carved like a face. They determine it is sandstone. A second rock is shown to the masons. It’s the granite stone at the bottom of the cross. The two are speechless and believe it’s been altered by humans. The bottom is extremely smooth and it would have to have been drug a long distance to achieve that. The team meets later that night in the war room to discuss the carbon testing results. Results are from the 1600’s, including the round oak log. This round log is not the kind of material that any previous treasure hunter has used. It has to be from the original money pit. The storm has cleared enough that the money pit dig and bore hole T1 has resumed. Wood is not coming up anymore, just clay. The can is at 148 feet and so is the excavation. They are anticipating wood on this hammer grab, but it’s only clay. The next grab is only clay as well. The brothers are very confused that they are only getting clay. They’ve hit a wall, so to speak. The excavator teeth have hit something that may be metal and has brought them to a halt. They try to break though and the hammer grab brings up slate. It may be the bedrock. It is bedrock and this hole is terminated. Marty and Rick are both disappointed. Marty wants to quit and Charles gives him a pep talk. Back at the war room they regroup and call Craig and update him. Marty wants to give up on the money pit, but Rick won’t let him cry “Uncle!” Craig is on board for a fourth bore hole. Marty does not want Rick to have regrets, so they decide on a fourth hole. Rick gets to pick the fourth hole location. Rick already knows where he wants to dig. He wants to chase the debris field of a tunnel implosion during a dig in the late 1800’s. Marty likes his logic as well. Rick pays him a tribute. The next day Rick tells Andrew about the fourth hole and gives him the location of the hole. They mark it and label it GAL1. Andrew gets the equipment moved to dig the new hole. The excavating casing is swung into place.

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