The Discovery at Oak Island One summer day in 1795 Daniel McGinnis, then a teenager, was wandering about Oak Island, Nova Scotia, when he came across a curious circular depression in the ground. Standing over this depression was a tree whose branches had been cut in a way which looked like it had been used as a pulley. Having heard tales of pirates in the area he decided to return home to get friends and return later to investigate the hole.
OAK ISLAND | This 1938 photo shows one of the treasure dig pits on Oak Island, N.S. A group is using technology on the island to locate secret underground tunnels that may lead to fabled pirate's treasure | Credit: Archives of Nova Scotia