CANADIAN OAK ISLAND TREASURE COMPANY
The work done in the summer of 1934 by the Canadian Oak Island Treasure Company is notable for charting a 460 foot tunnel from the beach at Smith’s Cove to the Money Pit, as well as the creation of 14 boreholes which, as reported to Frederick Blair (holder of the treasure hunting rights), were significant for the following: Shaft 1 - 170 foot in total depth, finding pink sand at 58 feet below, which Blair believed may have been caused by the red dye used in testing water flow prior to 1900. Shaft 2 - Drilled 6 feet 11 inches from Chappell Shaft, finding pink sand, again at a depth of 58 feet below the surface. Shaft 8 - Drilled 14 feet from the Chappell Shaft, finding bits of old oak at 110 feet below, and bits of old china below 123 feet. Shaft 13 - Encountered what was considered to be a 14” thick bulkhead of Oak and cement at 142 feet deep, at which time the drill dropped, hitting decayed Oak at a depth of 169 feet, stopping at the 176 foot level against something solid.
Nixon had this to say about their findings in Hole # 13: “The drill broke through timbers at 142 feet and dropped until it hit something solid at 176 feet that sounded like a hollow drum.” In November of that same year, Nixon’s agreement with Blair lapsed, but 21 years later, as Texas treasure hunter George Greene was taking his turn at recovering the elusive treasure, Thomas Nixon was still a firm believer in the Oak Island Treasure.
The 1967 Becker Program
“Who or what the heck is a Becker?”, you are probably asking. Well it’s the name of a drilling company and also a special type of drilling device named after the man who invented the equipment and started the company. In 1967 David Tobias and Dan Blankenship hired the Becker company to investigate the Money Pit area and with 40 drill holes they discovered compelling evidence of man-made workings far deeper than any Searcher had ever explored. What the Becker program found is the most intriguing set of archeological discoveries ever made at Oak Island.