Charles Barkhouse

The Curse of Oak Island Season 7 – The Shooting Has Begun

We have some great news for all fans of the tv show “The Curse of Oak Island”. The shooting of the new season of this popular show has begun. We are going to provide you, our reader, with some interesting information and photos regarding the new season of Oak Island.

A few months ago, it was stated that the new season of the tv show will have thirty-six episodes and that it will be released in November. All the famous location and characters are going to return. However, there is going to be some new locations featured in season 7.

Recently, a certain number of pictures was released by was who attended the filming. On these pictures, we can see the whole team we grew to love in previous years, such as Craig Tester, Rick Lagina, Dave Blankenship, Charles Barkhouse, and Gray Drayton.
Just a reminder, in the final episode of season 6, we saw that the crew theorized about reaching ship buried beneath a swamp.

Also, some of the crew, especially the late Fred Nolan, believed that the swamp was man-made in order to hide the ship and its contents from curious people.

The first season of “The Curse of Oak Island” started on fifth of January 2014. Today, there is more than eighty episodes of the popular reality tv show, which is broadcasted on History Channel since the first season.

Filming of the 7 Season of “Curse of Oak Island” has begun

We have some great news for the fans of the popular History TV channel series, “The Curse of Oak Island” because the filming of the long-awaited seventh season of this hit show is well underway.

This is evident by the huge amounts of heavy equipment and gear that has been seen arriving on the island, while the 2019 treasure hunting season is drawing closer. Hard work has already started around the fabled Money Pit area, as well as several other famous locations on the mysterious island, including the swamp.

Fans who have been on tours to the island have posted pictures online, which show the whole team on the location, including Rick Lagina, Gary Drayton, Dave Blankenship, Craig Tester, and Charles Barkhouse.

“The Curse of Oak Island” super fan Natalie Rousselle, who is from New Brunswick, visited the island several days ago on June 9, alongside her husband Bernard for the second time, and the second year in a row.

She wrote the following under the picture: “I’m not as avid a watcher as my husband, but the tour was very detailed and kept me intrigued the whole time. Charles Barkhouse was giving the tour — I could listen to him for hours. When we got back I spotted Rick, Gary and Craig Tester. I went and shook Gary’s hand, and he is as friendly as seems on the show. The whole experience was awesome!”

As she has the year before, one local resident Karen Publicover, who also lives next to the island, has updated the many fans on her “Oak Island from the Other Side of the Causeway” page on Facebook, regarding some of the comings and goings.

One of her recent posts reads, “There are literally hundreds of flags peppering the money pit area, Isaacs Point, both sides of the cofferdam…they are everywhere! If they are for seismic testing they will be at it for months and every square foot will be tested!”

This woman also showed a parade of trucks that are arriving at the causeway of the island. They can be seen carrying large amounts of equipment, including a crane that will be operating at the Oak Island Swamp.

All of this is exciting news for the viewers of the show, who have been waiting for news since watching season 6 finale earlier in this year. The episode revealed to us the results of the seismic testing in the swamp, which suggest the remains of an ancient ship could be present somewhere underneath.

The late Fred Nolan had also believed that this swamp was man-made, in order to hide this ship. During the season 6 finale, the crew theorized that coming through the swamp object may be one way to go, and these new developments indicate they have already started last year.

The tours this year come after the Friends of Oak Island society had a ticketing scam, where the tickets for these tours were sold from a fake website by someone the officials had “known and trusted for many years”. The persona has since been arrested.
Despite this, fans of the show like Natalie Rousselle told everyone that the society dealt rather well with this problem, and made sure all the fans, including those with fake tickets, were able to attend their desired tours.

“The tour was a very good experience and very organized. They explained to us that they are taking the scam very seriously and they are working with officials to get to the bottom of it.”
Danny Boudreau, another fan, told Monsters and Critics how he had bought tour tickets at the scam site, but that the issue was dealt with seamlessly.

“In May I saw a communication on Facebook regarding the scam and followed their instructions. Within a week I received confirmation that I was on the roster for my booking date. I am very thankful that the scam tickets are being honored, and am looking forward to our visit to the island!”

So what will happen next on Oak Island, and what will the hard-working team discover next? Tune in and find out on “The Curse of Oak Island” season 7 this fall.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 8 Recap


On Tuesday, January 8, the latest episode of the popular show aired on the History channel. The eighth episode of Season 6 is titled “Unearthed”. It features Rick, Marty and their team continuing their work on finding the mysterious treasures of the island. Six people lost their lives over the decades of research and digging on the island. However, a legend says that another, seventh victim will have to die before the true treasure is found.

Rick and Marty talk about the progress of the operation in Smith’s Cove. The work on the dam continues, as they wish to drain the area and start excavating. The sheet system looks promising, and they hope to find some interesting artifacts. Since they will have a lot of material to go through, they need something more reliable and time saving. With this goal in mind, Rick wants to check out a wash plant to help them with the painstaking work.


Rick, Charles Barkhouse, Dave Blakenship and Dan Henskee then go to Smith’s Cove to check the progress. Before the excavation begins, more than 100000 gallons of seawater has to be pumped out and drained through pumps. They are hoping the operation proves successful, and help them find artifacts.

Later during the day, Jack Begley, Charles and a researcher Doug Chrome display a new artifact at the Oak Island interpretive center. It is the stone found years ago, and was in storage for a long time. Now, they want it in the museum. They put it next to the place reserved for the 90-foot stone, discovered in 1804 at 90 feet. It triggered a booby trap, flooding the Money Pit to this day. The team hopes to find it next.

Rick, Dave and a geophysical engineer John Wonnacott travel to Bridgewter, Nova Scotia to check a wash plant they need for their work at the dam, to help them process the material. Greg Mailman explains them everything about it and shows them how the machine works. Hand washing would take immense amount of time. They decide to take the machine.


Alex Lagina and Peter Forneti, accompanied by an expert on metal detection Gary Drayton, visit lot 24. There, they scan the area in search for artifacts. They seem to find a ramrod, used to load muskets. This adds to the previously found 18th century artifacts. They also find a bone, pieces of pottery, and a door latch, thought to be from the early 1700s. This seems to be a game changer. Rick then comes to examine. They decide to ask for further expert opinion.

Next morning, the wash plant arrives at Smiths’ Cove. It is a 50-ton beast machine. Multiple trucks arrive carrying the pieces, and the assembly starts. Marty arrives as well, and is amazed at what he sees. He compares the operation to Moses shifting the sea. Him and Rick are more than excited for what is yet to come.

At Halifax, Nova Scotia, historians Doug Crowell and Charles Barkhouse, alongside Jack Begley, go back to the bookstore where the 90-foot store was last seen. It was brought here in 1865, displayed in the bookstore. When they closed in 1919, the stone vanished. Joe Landry meets them, as they explore the basements again. The place is pretty dirty and cluttered. They come across different areas of the tunnels. They then come across to what seems to be the stone in question. It has markings and carvings on it, and they believe it is the 90-foot stone.


Everyone meets at the War room to examine the stone. The carvings were in bad shape back in 1911, and by now, the symbols are almost nonexistent. The stone was used as a slab for cutting and beating leather. Only an L and N remain on it. They decide to treat the rock with a laser examination, like the one done on Stonehenge. The laser technology detects markings not visible with the naked eye.

The following morning, Rick and Greg go back to the Cove. Unfortunately, they discover dozens of major leaks in the dam. This puts everything in danger, as all of the hard work and millions of dollars may prove to be in vain. They get in touch with their partners to ask them if they could address the situation. They suggest silicone fillings to fill the holes.

Next morning, Rick and the team go back to the lot 24 with the archeologist, Laird Niven. They fill him in on the developments. He suggests digging out more of the area in order to find what else is there. Laird continues his work, and comes across a lot of rocks. He thinks they filled an old tunnel that used to be there. The underground workings of the island are one of the biggest mysteries, so they are excited about this potential finding. They decide to section it and dig out the rocks. Rick and Marty bring the news to everyone, and the excitement is high.
New day starts, and the dam is about to be fixed with silicone while the tide is low. Alex and Peter have to pick up the haste and do it quickly.


The Lagina brothers and the team get in touch with Travis Taylor, an astrophysicist. He will help them in their operations by analyzing seismic data from earlier tests. Dr. Taylor arrives to the War room to show them the analysis. He did extensive additional work, and found out evidence of potential vertical voids. The team thinks something is there, but everything is unclear, as it could be other materials or empty space. Taylor finally tells them that they could radon test the area. He also looked at the Freemasons, as a lot of different evidence point to them on the island. In their maps, stars were the guides to the locations. He overplayed the star constellation Taurus over the island. He may have discovered a star map for the island. Stars may show where the treasure is.

This week’s episode was an interesting one, with various developments on multiple fronts. Stay tuned, as we wait for the future findings from the mysterious Oak Island.

The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 Episode 4: Recap


The Curse of Oak Island Season 6 is underway and episode 4 has been aired. It was a long-anticipated episodes and brothers Rick and Marty Lagina have found some peculiar items in the previous episodes. And the best way to make an introduction is to see what Marty said.

“Well, we know seismic works to some extent, to the extent is yet to be determined, but we know that a new technology shows promise here. We know that, we know we have another very significant find, probably the first treasure this year. We know that we were much more focused on information and results of experiments and then we are actually searching at depth – but we’re going to search at depth so we’re just trying to hone it in, we’re trying to you know cross all the T’s and dot all the i’s and then dig.”

Keep reading to find out what happened in the fourth episode of Oak Island Season 6. But first, a slight revision for those who have just tuned in!

There is an island in the North Atlantic where people have been looking for an incredible treasure for more than 200 years. So far,the brothers and their team have found a stone slab with strange symbols carved into it mysterious fragments of human bone and a LED cross whose origin may stretch back to the days of the Knights Templar.To this date, six men have died trying to solve the mystery and according to legend 7 needs to die before the treasure can be found.

The beginning


The episode starts with the way it ended when the team found a curious crossbow that is considered to be very old.
it is the end of another long day on Oak Island as Rick Lagina, Craig Tester and members of their team gathered to inform Rick’s brother Marty and area archaeologist about a new and potentially important discovery. They showed them what they found and what they believed it was.

Earlier this same day, while metal detecting at the beachfront on lot 26, Jack and geophysicist Mike West discovered an unusual metal object approximately 10 inches beneath the rocky soil.It was used as a deadly weapon as early as the 7th century BC – the crossbow was for its time a type of high-tech bow and arrow one that could shoot projectiles with great speed deadly accuracy. The arrows or bolts were so finely sharpened they could even penetrate metal armor.


A medieval crossbow bolt found in the shore of Oak Island? But if so, how did it get here? Could it be connected in some way to the lead cross found at Smith’s Cove last year? These are all questions they needed answers.
Meanwhile Rick said: “it’s clearly very interesting what they found this so-called crossbow bolt, very interesting, a very out of place. I mean it’s an interesting object there’s no question about it, it’s unlike anything we’ve ever found before. More significant than the cross!

The drilling continues

The next day, Rick Lagina Craig Tester and Charles Barkhouse head over to the area known as the money pit. They are in the early stages of finding out if recently conducted seismic testing has allowed them to pinpoint the precise location of the original treasure site first discovered in 1795.Just one day ago, the team drilling began at a new 6.5-inch wide borehole known as D6. At a depth of 93 feet they discovered evidence of a horizontal would be followed by a three-foot void. It was at this same depth that recent seismic scanning of the areas revealed what could be a network of underground tunnels.


Is it possible that Rick Marty and their partners have actually located one of the legendary booby-trapped flood tunnels? The tunnels which many believe were constructed in order to prevent searchers from finding this centuries-old treasure vault?


Although the team is encouraged by locating a possible tunnel they are even more hopeful to reach another one of the intriguing anomalies that was detected by seismic scanning – a nearly 30-foot-wide void at a depth of approximately 170 feet. It was at this depth, last year, that the team, while drilling with a 60-inch wide steel caisson, encountered what they believe could be the legendary Chappell vault – a 7-foot tall wood box first discovered by treasure hunters William Chappell and Frederick Blair in 1897. However, instead of penetrating the vault the caisson is believed to have actually pushed the mysterious object further down into the mud and off to the side.

Impenetrable Object

While drilling a new borehole in the money pit area the Oak Island team has just found an object at a depth of some 200 feet deep underground, an object that seems impossible to penetrate.They would believe that they have encountered the Money Pit, but now, after hitting the bedrock, they were disappointed. It means they may have missed the large underground anomaly that was indicated on the 3D map created by the team’s recent seismic scanning. It also means they will be forced to choose a different site in the hopes of locating the legendary Chappell vault…

Marty: “We certainly didn’t hit the center of the anomaly and you know that’s good and bad news but as long as the drill is down hole there’s hope.”

Examining the Iron


The next day, as Rick Lagina remains on the island to begin planning the team’s next steps,his brother Marty Craig Tester and Marty’s son Alex heads some 50 miles northeast of Oak Island to St. Mary’s University in the city of Halifax.They are meeting once again with associate professor of chemistry Dr. Krista Bruce, an expert in the study of metals and their chemical compositions.They are hoping to find out if scientific testing on what they believe to be a crossbow bolt.

Using samples carefully collected from the surface of the artifact,Dr. Bristow and her colleague Dr. Shawn Yang performed a chemical analysis of the metal with the help of a high-powered scanning electron microscope or SEM.


What’s SEM?

Unlike traditional microscopes which rely on a combination of light and lenses to magnify objects, the SEM performs scans with a focused beam of electrons which can produce magnification as much as 200 thousand times greater than an object’s actual size. it can also provide a detailed analysis of the items chemical composition.
And besides iron, manganese was found to be a part of the bolt! Manganese?

Manganese was used in the production of steel and iron at the beginning of the 9th century BC. It’s presence in the sample could be an indication that the Oak Island team may be in possession of something far older than what they first thought possible.

Cofferdam Construction Continues…

Following his informative trip to St. Mary’s University Craig Tester has arrived back on Oak Island to Smith’s Cove, where one of the team’s most ambitious and expensive projects is well underway – the construction of a massive 525-foot-long steel cofferdam!

Since construction of the cofferdam began, just one week ago the team from Urban Equipment Limited has installed nine out of the nearly 120 sections of steel sheet pilings that will form the watertight barrier. Once completed, it will allow the site to be fully drained so that it can be excavated not only in the hope of finding historically significant artifacts but also the remains of the legendary box drain flooding system that has effectively booby-trapped the entire money pit area.While Craig continues to oversee the cofferdam construction at Smith’s Cove, Rick Lagina has called members of the Oak Island team together for an important meeting in the war room.

The Dramatic News


Rick’s close friend, ZenaHalpern has passed away at the age of 88 which comes with great sadness for him and the rest of the team. The New York-based author and historian spent more than 50 years researching possible journeys to North America by members of the Knights Templar, journeys that she was convinced were made centuries before the so-called discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Two years ago Zena presented Rick Lagina and the team with a number of intriguing documents including one which she believed to be a 14th century Templar map of Oak Island.

Rick was very emotional and at the edge of his tears, he said: “Zena had very serious health issues and our health was filmed, to be honest as sad as we are by Zena’s passing I am immensely grateful for having met her. Can’t speak highly enough about her. Her life has certainly impacted my own.”

He also read this: “My heart is heavy at the loss of our dear friend Zena. She was a sweet but tough woman in love with history I’m comforted in believing she now has all the answers to all of the questions she ever had about history. As she listens to her creator she now knows the full history of Oak Island and what lies below the beautiful surface. I am thankful to have known her. I love you Zena. Rest my dear friend.”


Visit to Her Home

Three days after learning the news of his friends passing, Rick Lagina along with his nephew Peter Fornetti travel some 800 miles southwest of Oak Island to Visit Zena’s former home in Long Island New York.
They are pouring through more than 50 years of research collected by the noted author during her lifetime research. Rick hopesthat may help him and his partners solve the Oak Island mystery.

The Cremona Document

Rick and his friends found a lot of interesting stuff at Zena’s home and one of the papers was the Cremona Document
The Cremona document discovered during the 1970s in a church in Cremona Italy. The so-called Cremona document is a collection of maps, ciphers and journal entries which are believed to have been authored in part by the 12th century Templar knight Ralph de Sudeley. It describes his activity at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where he is believed to have discovered priceless religious artifacts such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. It also details the voyage that he made to North America with other members of the Knights Templar. Although many mainstream historians remain skeptical as to the Colonna documents authenticity, Rick Lagina is convinced that much of the information contained within it, is most likely true.


Return to Oak Island

The next day, following this emotional trip, the team returns to the island and at the money pit site, the drilling has begun at a second location. They are hopeful they will soon reach a mysterious 30-foot-wide void located at a depth of some 170 feet and which was identified earlier by seismic scanning.

Using a specialized sonic drill, the drilling team extracts core samples of Earth and any objects contained within at intervals every 10 feet these samples are then transferred into a plastics layer so that they can be carefully examined by hand for any important clues or possible treasure.

An Amazing Discovery

The thing which is found here may be small, but it is quite relevant. It is coconut fiber!
In 1804, when the money pit was excavated by the Onslow company, searchers reported finding a large amount of coconut fiber at a depth of 60 feet. Given that the nearest coconut trees are located some 1500 miles south of Nova Scotia, they concluded that it had been used to make a kind of room that would enable depositors and followers something of great value down into the shell.

Could the discovery of coconut fiber be an important indication that Rick, Marty and the team have finally located the site of the original money pit?There are plenty of questions that still need to be answered.
What do you think of the fourth episode of the show?