The Oak Island Mystery Solved
by Joy A. Steele
Cape Breton University Press
154 pages, $24.95
It’s a storyline straight out of a Robert Louis Stevenson novel — a mysterious and seemingly bottomless pit that just might be filled with a fortune in pirate booty.
The mystery of Oak Island — just one of many islands along the coastline of Nova Scotia’s South Shore — has tantalized treasure hunters for two centuries.
The so-called “money pit” of Oak Island was discovered in 1795. Since then, far more treasure has been spent trying to solve the island’s enduring mystery than has ever been taken out of the pit.
But now, a freelance writer from Sydney, Nova Scotia, is claiming to have solved the puzzle. Joy A. Steele spent more than a dozen years poring over primary and secondary source evidence as she built her hypothesis. The result of her efforts is The Oak Island Mystery Solved, a softcover book rich with imagery and maps that, with each successive chapter, builds the case for the author’s conclusions.
So, does the money pit really contain Captain Kidd’s buried treasure — thought to be worth an estimated $20 million in today’s dollars? Or is the mystery really some cruel joke perpetrated on us by now-longdead pranksters? Or is it something else?
If you want answers, you’ll have to read the book. Whether you agree with Steele’s conclusions, or remain a skeptic, is up to you.