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The Curse of Oak Island Season 6, Episode 15, “Dye Harder”


The latest episode of the popular History Channel shows The Curse of Oak Island aired on March 5, 2019, titled “Due Harder”. Read on to find out what happens in the newest episode.

In the new episode, Rick Lagina and Craig Tester investigate the damage that a sinkhole caused at the Money pit drill site two days ago. This happened during the H8 excavation. At first, it did not seem as serious. However, they were proven wrong, and now it may not be safe to continue the operation. Vanessa Lucido from ROC Equipment is concerned about the safety of everything surrounding the area. Mark Monahan from Irving Equipment Limited thinks he should put the vibro hammer on the hole. This is a massive hydraulic, which will eventually settle and stabilize the ground around H8. There is a chance of a larger cave-in as well. They proceed with this plan.

Meanwhile, Marty Lagina, Dave Blankenship, Jake Begley, and Gary Drayton meet with a heavy equipment operator Billy Gerhardt to continue the Smith’s Cove operation. Since they have started this excavation, they came across wooden and concrete walls, structures, and a wooden slipway. The stone box drain is perhaps the most important finding yet here. They hope to follow it to the Money Pit. They only come across a metal bucket.

The following morning, the H8 operation continues. Rick and Marty call a War Room meeting. They think about doing a dye test again, this time with fluorescent red color. This can prove there are connections between flooding systems and the seawater. They decide to observe the result with three drones and a boat.

Later in the day, Marty and Alex Lagina, Jack Begley and Peter Fornetti travel to Laurencetown, Nova Scotia, to meet with the members of the Centre of Geographic Sciences to see some results of a recent water scan. They hope to locate a flooding system on the southern shore of the island. They find out there are two vents on the ocean floor, which may be the proof of a second flooding system. There is also a triangle object there, another triangular shape on the island. The data is satisfying.

It is a new day, as Rick and Marty start the dye test. They set up a viewing area to see the potential color in the water live. They come across a problem with the pump and the hose. The hose twisted and could snap. They restart the pump, and fill the C1 with water. They add the red dye and hope it will turn out somewhere. The drones are in the air, while a team is also on a boat. Everyone is looking at different exit points, expecting to see red. Dan Blakenship, now 95, visits the viewing area. Finally, at Smith’s Cove excavation area, Gary Drayton finds some red dye. However, it may be a rust color from something. They take water samples to test if there are traces from their dye. At the Research Centre on Oak Island, they conduct the tests. The test is successful, proving the dye came through all the way to the Smith’s Cove. The flood tunnel might, after all, be connected to Smith’s Cove. Rick comes to check it and is more than pleased.

The week that started with a catastrophe and a cave-in at H8 that seemed like an end to the whole operation, ended with some major promises that make the overall atmosphere in the team more than pleasant. On Oak Island, positive outcomes like this one are rare, and everyone is aware of this. What is to come? Will they come across more interesting findings? Tune in to the next week’s episode to find out.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 11 Recap

The newest episode of the popular History Channel TV show, The Curse of Oak Island, is titled Wharves and All. It premiered on January 29t, 2019.


Rick Lagina, Craig Tester, and Terry Matheson check on their excavation operation while waiting for the 3D scan of the mysterious triangle rock they came across. They believe it is the drain system, hoping they can connect the Smith’s Cove site to the Money Pit’s location. They come across some wooden boards, possibly a man-made structure. It is going to be an interesting development for sure, as they continue to excavate the area.

The team believes this is the L-shaped structure Dan came across years ago during his excavation operation. The three researchers also find a layer of clay.

The next day, a War room meeting takes place between the whole team regarding the stone and the carvings. Rob Hyslop, Tory Martin, and Ryan Levangiefrom Azimuth Consulting Ltd join them to discuss the 3D data. They found a flat area, too straight to be natural. Regarding the carvings, they are linear in an unfamiliar runic language. The Vikings may be connected to it, old sea navigators from centuries ago.


The following day, Gary Drayton, a metal detection expert, joins geologist Terry Matheson and archeologist Laird Niven at Smith’s Cove. They carefully dig further and try to detect some metal in the dirt. A small led rod is what they find first, that may be a bracelet.

Later in the day, the team has another meeting on moving forward with the Money Pit. They had trouble finding Shaft 6 and the pit. They argue that finding Shaft 6 is the most important thing here, and then they must find the tunnel connecting it to the Money Pit. In the surroundings, they found various artifacts there last year, involving human bones and pottery. There must be something else there, and that is mission number one currently in that area.

Danny Smith and Vanesa Lucido from Roc Equipment bring in the 50,000-pound rotating oscillator, capable of 3 million pounds of torque. It is something that will help for sure because they know where to dig. Last year, when they tried to excavate H-8 site, they had an accident and pushed the alleged wooden box further. Now they must try something new in order to find out more. They wish to grab whatever fell in the way of the first digging attempt.
Alex Lagina and Paul Troutman travel to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the meantime. They will try to find out more about the stone by examining others like it. It is not the first stone like it found in Nova Scotia. In 1812, a local doctor found this special stone. The carvings cannot be translated as they include various old languages, like Norse, Greek and Japanese. Norse is dominant, and the translation mentions Erik the Red. The characters are different though, enough for it to be a whole other thing.

Bask at the Money Pit, Alex meets his father Marty and welcomes people from Irving Equipment, Ltd. When the crane is assembled, a hammer grab will retreat what is trapped in the hole. The team starts building the crane.

Alex then joins uncle Rick at the Cove excavation. The structure they found has to be very significant, everyone can feel it. The team comes across even more timber logs. It may be an ancient slipway, which was lost in 1936 during a wharf operation. The findings keep piling up, and so do the questions. They continue digging.

Back at the H-8, the most ambitious project starts for the Lagina brothers, as they attempt to reach the Money Pit with the enormous new crane. They must first remove more than 30 feet of debris and mud.

As the mystery deepens, so do the findings. Stay tuned to find out more on the next episode.

Alex Lagina, a member of Lagina family and a treasure hunter

Oak Island is a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. It is 57-hectare (140-acre) big and most of it is privately owned by Oak Island Tours. The island is just 200 meters (660 feet) away from Nova Scotia and is connected to the mainland via a causeway, which is gated. The first European settlers on the Island were French. Later, it fell under British rule, who tried to encourage settlement. Today, 78% of the island was owned by Oak Island tours, while 22% remain in private hands. There are no permanent inhabitants on the island, but several cabins exist that accommodate people who live their part of the year, during summers.

The earliest accounts of treasure hunting on Oak Island date back to 1790s. It was reportedly hidden on the island by Captain Kidd, a famous Scottish explorer and pirate. The treasure was at that time said to be worth some £2 million. The story was told by a dying sailor, who was allegedly a part of the crew that buried the treasure. A local farmer, Daniel McGinnis, thought he had discovered the spot and with two friends, started excavations in 1799. They have reached a depth of 30 feet, before giving up.

After that, one after another expedition tried to find Captain Kidd’s treasure, without much success. The lack of results didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of treasure hunters and more of them visited the island every year. Once the McGinnis’s story was published in Liverpool Transcripts in 1865, the floodgates opened up. In 1939, even King George VI took interest in happening on the island and demanded a report. By 1960s, the island was so popular with tourists that the causeway was built to accommodate the traffic.

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Some of the most famous sites where excavations were conducted include “Money Pit”, Borehole 10-x, Smith’s Cove, “Nolan’s Cross”, the “Hatch”, the “Watchtower” and the “Swamp”. It is said that the treasure will be found once seven lives have been lost on the island. So far, six people have died searching for it.

In 2006, Rick and Marty Lagina purchased the majority stake in Oak Island Tours and became de facto owners of the island. Their fascination with it began in 1965, after reading a story about Restall family’s work to explore “Money Pit”, published in Reader’s Digest. Lagina brothers started looking for treasure in earnest and soon attracted the attention of Prometheus Entertainment, which approached them in an effort to make a documentary about the Oak Island mystery. The show was titled The Curse of Oak Island and is shown on the Discovery Channel. So far, six seasons were aired, with a total of 68 episodes.

Alex Lagina is a son of Marty Lagina, the show produces and the main driving force behind Lagina family efforts to find the treasure of Oak Island. His mother M. Olivia Lagina, a mechanical engineer from Michigan, is also involved with the show. Alex has a sister, Maddie. When not on Oak Island, the family lives in Traverse, Michigan.

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Alex decided to follow his mother’s footsteps and graduated from the University of Michigan, with a degree in mechanical engineering. After college, he returned home and got involved with the family business, helping run Mari Vineyards, founded by his father Marty. With his father and uncle off searching for treasure, most of the day-to-day operations of the vineyard have fallen to him and he acts a general manager for the company.

The opportunity to join the rest of his family on Oak Island adventure was simply too hard to pass and Alex also took part in the filming of the show. “It’s an opportunity to spend time with my uncle and dad doing this crazy adventure, and that’s a great thing,” Alex said. Apart from the show, he also takes care of Oak Island tours and a museum his family built on the island.

If any of the ladies out there are interested, Alex is single. Despite his TV popularity, it is unknown whether or not he has a girlfriend at the moment. Similarly, his net worth is also unknown, since most of the property and income from the show goes to his father, Marty Lagina.