SIX lie dead, countless more had their lives ruined – and still the priceless pirate treasure lies buried, undisturbed, where “none but Satan may find it” on Oak Island, Nova Scotia.
Treasure seekers claim it hides the untold riches of Marie Antoinette. Others are adamant jewels plundered by ruthless pirate Blackbeard lie buried at the site off the coast of Canada. Others still believe a hoard buried by Captain Kidd is at the bottom of the island's Money Pit. Whatever the truth, the curse of the Oak Island Treasure is as real as it is deadly and has attracted fearless fortune seekers for more than 200 years.
It is also now a major TV series, gripping viewers on The History Channel with its chilling tale.
According to the show, in 1795, three teenage boys stumbled across the eerie man-made hole - the Money Pit - in Oak Island, just off the Nova Scotia coast.
Theories over who dug the whole range from Spanish sailors from a wrecked galleon to British troops fighting during the American Revolution.
Some say it was built by French army engineers hoping to conceal loot from the Fortress of Louisbourg after it was taken by the British during the Seven Years’ War.
But according to other popular myths, the Oak Island pit was dug to hold even more extraordinary riches.
The Knights Templar, it is speculated, could have left treasure in the Money Pit and may even have placed the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant there.
With such wild rumours regarding the mysterious treasures hidden away on the island, it’s no wonder it’s a lightning rod for treasure hunters.