What are your Oak Island theories?
My theory, or rather the full facts of the matter is that after the capture of Simon de Molay, the Templar leader, and the killing of many Templars by the King of France aided and abetted by the Pope in 1307, a large group of Knights Templar were known to have sailed eighteen boats with a great hoard of treasure from the port of La Rochelle in France to Scotland where they were sheltered by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, himself a Templar.
They added to the building of a chapel there near Edinburgh called Roslyn owned by the St Clair family also famed Templars originally from the French Languedoc where they stored their treasure in its underground vaults. In 1314 the English King Edward headed an army to Scotland to take the treasure but were defeated by the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn mainly due to the help of the Knights Templar cavalry who routed the larger English army.
Knowing the English would be back the Templars decided to vacate Roslyn, a building celebrating Templar beliefs stemming from the Egyptian Hermetics and to go to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) in what is now Canada. The Lord St Clair knew of the sea routes first taken by the Vikings via Iceland and Greenland which the Templars took and made a new home for themselves there burying their treasure on Oak Island where they lived. The treasure was believed to be originally from the Temple of Solomon in Israel containing an immense hoard of gold and jewels but above all The Ark of the Covenant and its contents said to be the 10 Commandments which differed from the Catholic religion in believing in the dualism of good and evil adopted by the Templars.
Once in Nova Scotia the Templars decided to change their name to the Acadians (or Arkadians) so as not to be identified and traced, as did many Templars in Europe who had fled to Germany and Portugal and called themselves the Knights Hospitalliers or The Rosicrucians who took on a passive role rejecting militarism. When the British eventually conquered Canada the French living there were forced to move to the US and took up residence in Louisiana in which there were many French speakers, and there became to be known also as Cajuns.
My recent "faction" novel - The Royal Secret - describes the Templar origins in detail and their journey from Scotland to Nova Scotia. It is available on Amazon as a paperback and on Smashwords as an ebook. The web site is www.theroyalsecret.info
No theories but having been in the business of drilling for oil and gas for 42 years I believe your digging attempts could be improved with recent O&G technology.
Directional drilling could allow pinpoint drilling horizontally through the area of the expected tunnels. Use of temperature survey equipment could allow techniques to find where the water is flooding the money pit and if you can shut off the water then exploration of the area would be much easier. The latest hole drilled ran into a obstacle and could be drilled through with either a diamond or tungsten milling tool. We do these type of operations everyday in the oil patch. Depending on your budget other types of rigs could be value added to punch holes in the ground. I started in the oilfield using a cable tool rig that can drill up to 30” holes at a very low cost. I am a consultant would be happy to provide assistance free of charge.
I believe there are untold treasures buried there. All the evidence found points to that. My greatest fear though is that something of immense value both historically and monetarily will be destroyed trying to locate it. The recent use of the battering ram to try and get through that obstruction in the DMT shaft indicates that as an example. I dont have any easy answer to this but there has to be a better way to deal with this. I know its all very frustrating for anyone involved with this. So much damage has probably already been done, perhaps artifacts destroyed over the 200+ years of searching. You guys dont have an easy task there. I wish you only the best with this endeavor. It truly is and can be history changing
As to what lies buried there, and who deposited it there, is really up in the air as far as I can determine at this point. I would, however, tend to agree with Mr. Nolan's assessment that the swamp holds either the elusive treasure, or the key to it.
When I view arial photos of the island, it seems to me that the island me have been two separate land masses at one time... Is this a possibility? The channel between the two filled in? Perhaps to conceal a scuttled ship? Sorry for ending so many questions.
I think the show does a pretty good job of laying out the known facts and the more reasonable theories. From the beginning its been fairly clear to me that construction of the original money pit could only have been successfully undertaken (circa 16-1700) by a well organized and well funded military force - pointing to either the British or French. The idea that Templars could have done it in the 1300s seems a bit of an outlier in my opinion and therefore less likely. New world pirates I don't believe could have done it due to the various challenges - organization, manpower, engineering, and cost that they would have encountered.