The Lost Treasure of New Brunswick by Noel Richards
Legends tell of $1,000,000 in gold buried on the lonely coast of New Brunswick in 1627, in a cove now known as Mill Cove.. Somewhere in the vicinity of the Petticodiac Valley near present-day Moncton, the French reputedly cached nine leather bags filled with gold coins. The French troops were being pursued in 1759 by the English in a bitter struggle for control of Acadia. Previous treasure hunts including one conducted by the government, have failed to find any traces of the coins.. Major Studholm is believed to have buried an iron pot filled with gold coins, "...on the highest point of the range of hills," that walled the northern side of the valley 40 miles from St. John along the shores of the Kennebeccassis River near where the Millstream joined the river. In December of 1812, the British brig-of-war Plumper struck the rocks near the entrance to Dipper Harbor with $200,000 in gold and silver coins on board. A portion of this treasure may have been buried on shore by the survivors, or by a later British expedition.. A hoard of $12,000 face value in uncirculated United States gold coins dated prior to 1870 lie buried in a box two feet square under three feet of soil near Prospect Hill close to St. John in New Brunswick Province, secreted by James McDermitt and Stephen Mowlray. Legends say that in 1542, a pirate vessel laden with plunder moved up the St. John River into Swan Lake. Near a rocky point, the ship was moored and the chests of treasure moved ashore. The pirates excavated a pit near the top of a hill, placed the treasure into the hole and covered it over. They then sunk their vessel in the lake and headed overland to Boston. The estimated $7,000,000 treasure cache has never been recovered. Around 1928, two men went to a lone bay about 200 miles from St. John's and landed on a sandy beach where, inside a bar of land, lies a pond. They dug down several feet and found an iron chest under an oak planking. Water filled the hole and they were unable to retrieve the treasure. The chest remains in the pit unrecovered.. In 1834, the Spanish ship Mantanee was wrecked at the northwestern corner of Baccalieu Island. The vessel carried 7,000 Spanish dollars on board.. On April 14, 1912, the White Star Liner Titanic sank after striking a submerged iceberg in latitude 41 degrees, 46 minutes north and 50 degrees, 14 minutes west longitude enroute from Southampton to New York. It carried, among other valuables, a very rich consignment of jewels. There was a total of $15,000,000 in the ship's safe when it went down 850 fathoms. The historical recovery of any artifacts or relics from this vessel would more than double the value of the cash aboard to the successful treasure hunter.. In 1758, the English frigate H.M.S. Tilbury was swept against a reef near Louisbourg and sank off the coast. The payship was forgotten until 1939 when some fishermen dragged up several gold sovereigns from the strait between Baleine and Scatari Island.. Gold coins can be found on the beaches around St. Esperit Island near Louisbourg, washed up from offshore wrecks.
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