To describe the method in simple terms, the apex of the stone triangle is where the surveyor positions himself, looking out along the center line towards the water. Somewhere along that line a point, labeled "T" in the example we saw, can be determined by sighting out along the two ends of the arc. Those "sight" lines will intersect the center line at some point, depending on the angles, and that point of intersection marks point "T".
Discovering this old survey method created some intriguing musings about the possibilities that point "T" could mark a flood tunnel, another hidden clue, or important landmark. Our excitement was renewed in season three of the Curse of Oak Island television show when they discovered a triangular rock off the South shore of the island. Could that be the point we thought the stone triangle might mark? Anything was possible because without the stone triangle we couldn't really determine point "T" with any degree of accuracy.
Imagine our surprise this weekend, while reviewing Dan Blankenship's field reports to Triton Alliance which he filed back in 1965. He had discovered an old shaft right on the edge of the water of the South Shore, and he wrote that the shaft was about 30 feet due south of the stone triangle. What's more is that this shaft was hidden from view. Dan wrote that it was a domed shaft buried under 12 feet of soil. He aptly called it the "Hidden Shaft". Now this is really interesting, as what better way to hide something important than to leave no indicators in the immediate area of that important spot, but create a survey monument a distance away that can be used to triangulate that spot again when needed, and only those trained in surveying would stand a chance of even knowing what the monument was for. Incidentally, it was a 17th century military surveying book we found the method in. So far, we have only found one land surveyor here in present day that understood the triangle.
Dan Blankenship investigated his Hidden Shaft in 1965 and again in 1966, forming a theory around it that involved the Money Pit shaft being a decoy, and the Hidden Shaft being the actual entrance to the Treasure Chamber in the vicinity of the Money Pit. Maybe, just maybe, the Stone Triangle was the real key to solving the mystery all of these years. Here is Dan's report for you to read:
So what do you think? Was Dan on to something important back in 1965? Did their trenching on the South shore accidently located point "T" as possibly indicated by the old stone triangle? As of yet, we have not seen a follow up report on this in the old papers, so we do not know if it was ever pursued further.
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