DATELINE: Post-Dan Blankenship
Muddy Mass of Leather Deep Underground!
For three seconds before this episode began, you had a quick notation: “In Memory of Daniel Blankenship, 1923-2019.”
There was hardly time to do much more at this point, with Dan having passed on two days earlier. We presume that in a few weeks there shall be a full-blown biography of his extraordinary efforts for half a century to find the treasure on Oak Island.
We know that old film clips and photos document much of his work from the 1970s, and much more is likely available to illustrate his intriguing life.
This too is the longest season of episodes on record: and they are digging well past summer—and the nasty, rainy, windy weather shows up in the hunter wardrobes. It is cold off the North Atlantic.
Perhaps the biggest revelation is to see how Smith’s Cove is flat and clear of all items as they bring in lidar to find anything underneath. The coffer dam is on borrowed time, and they must excavate soon.
The scientist did note an extremely large object was buried there, under what would be the sea and possible man-made drainage systems to flood the caves of the island.
Gary Drayton again showed his insights and acumen by locating a Spanish silver coin, likely minted in the 1700s.
The dredging also showed frightening promise: another bone fragment, perhaps human, chains, and large chunks of leather. It leads some to speculate that the slaves who worked the site were chained and left to die there.
Also coming up were enormous flat, human-hewn oak timbers that Drayton noted he had seen from old galleons of yore. Dismantled wood used to make a floor or roof to a chamber?
All in all, with a few weeks left in the season, we suspect that answers again will be withheld until next season.
Can it be on the 17th episode of the sixth season, we have Revelations 17:6? “The woman was drunk with the blood of saints when John saw her.”
Pour a tall one before Rick Lagina sees you.