42 Sunken And Buried Treasures Of Canada

By Roy T. Roberts
From page 8 of the September, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © September, 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

Canada has millions of dollars in lost treasure waiting to be found. Many Canadians live within a 1,000 miles from a major treasure, either buried by pirates or prospectors, lying at the bottom of the sea or lake in a ship wrecked 200 years ago, or left behind at old homesteads long forgotten. The King of Canadas treasure hunters is Alex Storm, who in 1965 discovered the wreck of the Le Chameau that sunk off Louisbourg, Nova Scotia in 1725 with a pay chest containing an estimated $700,000 value in gold coins. In 1977, Bob MacKinnon, discovered the wreck of the Auguste that sunk in 1761 off Dingwall, Nova Scotia with a cargo of gold and silver coins. Its Canadas most lucrative treasure to date with an estimated value of up to $1,000,000 in treasure and relies. There is still lots of treasure out there. Here are details on where to start looking for 42 of them.
SUNKEN TREASURES
Atlantic Coast
1. Hundreds of historical shipwrecks, many still with pay chests lie in the waters off Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. There are also wrecks of Spanish galleons that were returning home from the Caribbean with cargos of gold coins and bullion, intercepted by pirates.
2. Newfoundlands coast from Cape Freels to Stag Harbour Run, is well known for tales of shipwrecks. The only means of travel along these shores was by boat with an almost continuous stream of shipping. With such a large flow of traffic, a rock infested coast, dependence on the wind, and few navigational aids, its not surprising that nearly every year brought its annual crop of wrecks.
3. The coastline surrounding Saint Pierre & Miquelon was the site of many battles between the French and English for control of the New World.
4. From the sheltered coves of Cape Breton to the storm battered shore of Scatarie Island, Nova Scotia, this coastline offers a final resting place for 100s of ships. Many wrecks date back to the 18th century along with 19th century steamers.
5. Only 11 miles of coastline but an estimated 300 to 500 wrecks lie in the waters off St. Pauls Island, with some washing ashore. The Royal Sovereign, with a large cargo of Spanish silver, sunk near the base of St. Pauls cliff just off Bay St. Lawrence.
6. Sable Island is well known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic arid for good reason. More than 505 shipwrecks have been recorded with an estimated $2,000,000 in cargo.
7. A 15 mile stretch of ocean on either side of the harbor of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia contain many historical shipwrecks.
8. The Anglo-Saxon sunk near Duck Island, Nova Scotia in 1847 carrying $27,000 worth in gold coins . 9. The British payship, Hms Plumper, carrying $70,000 in specie, was wrecked off the coast of Dipper Harbor, New Brunswick in 1812.
Pacific Coast
10. The stretch between Port Renfrew and Cape Beale is known as the Graveyard of the Pacific with 100s of shipwrecks recorded.
11. Barkeley Sound on the Pacific side of Vancouver Island is the site of many early shipwrecks.
12. The steamboat Mount Royal, carrying a strongbox of coins, was wrecked in the Skeena River, northern British Columbia.
13. A rail boxcar filled with silver bullion fell into the Thompson River, in southern British Columbia. The bullion was only partly recovered.
14. Nearly 190 years after its last voyage, men are still searching for the location of the Tonquin off Vancouver Island.
Great Lakes
15. An estimated 10,000 shipwrecks lie on the bottom of the Great Lakes, but not all of them contain treasure.
16. Kenora, Ontario, was once the major gold-producing town in North America for three years. Finds from shipwrecks off Lake of the Woods, have included crucibles for melting down gold.
17. The Schooner Glendora, was lost off Amherst, Ontario in 1897 with a cargo valued at $60,000.
18. The LeBlanc Henri was wrecked off Wolfe Island Spit near Kingston, Ontario in 1764 with gold and silver bullion worth $1,000,000.
19. & 20. The Kent and Lemington went down in 1845 and 1846 near Point Pelee, Ontario, with more than $1,000,000 in gold and silver coins.
21. During 1813, a box containing $100,000 for soldiers wages, was dropped overboard from The Queen off Morpeth, Ontario.
BURIED TREASURE
22. In the 17th century, the famous pirate, Peter Easton made his headquarters in Newfoundland and at one time commanded 48 ships and 5,800 men. He was reportedly very successful and may have buried several caches.
23. An iron chest, containing gold, was hastily buried in 1762 by merchants under French attack in Trinity, Newfoundland.
24. Known as the Crypt Of Death, this St. Jonns, Newfoundland courthouse may be built on the resting place of early settlers and their wealth.
25. In August 1710, when the French capital, Placentia, Newfoundland, came under attack by the English the governor gave orders that a shipment of gold, captured from the Spanish, was to be melted down and cast into bullets. The French won, but at the expense of all the gold which had been destined for King Louis coffers.
26. In 1828, when the survivors of the shipwreck Fullwood mutinied, they buried a cargo of gold coins and bullion on the Isthmus of Langlade between Saint Pierre & Miquelon and Newfoundland.
27. Canadas Greatest Treasure Hunt is the Oak Island mystery in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Since its discovery in 1795, the money pit has lured many explorers and millions of dollars but still no answers to who buried it or what it contains.
28. Valuables looted by a gang operating in 1778 under Captain Samuel Hall buried a huge chest near Halls Harbor, Nova Scotia.
29. Caches of coins suggest pirates may have buried booty on Haute Island, Bay of Fundy more than 200 years ago.
30. In 1755, the crew of a French pay ship buried nine leather bags of gold coins on the banks of the Petitiodiac River in New Brunswick.
31. In 1888, three men recovered an iron box containing more than 13,000 gold coins off Belleisle, New Brunswick and suggests that there may be more.
32. In 1542, pirate Captain Spanish America, buried loot estimated at $7,000,000 in the vicinity of Swan Lake, New Brunswick.
33. In 1758, Montcalm ordered a vast treasure of gold coins, and the grand seigneurs family jewels to be deposited in brass-bound coffers and buried. All trace of this treasure vanished until the 20th century when the following note was discovered, Across the river St. Charles to the wood near the small bay and peninsula. Twenty feet NNW by N, toward a clump of firs. Fifty feet as the sun sets. Five feet deep and set in plaster, our great treasure out of the citadel. The search was abandoned when the clump of firs clue was rendered useless by the growth of the forest.
34. Four Gold Ingots worth $18,000 each were found as far as a half a mile apart on Jacques Cartier Lake beach, Quebec. Is there still more?
35. In Silver Inlet, Ontario, miners who concealed three barrels of pure silver were unable to recover it when the mine shaft flooded in 1888.
36. A fortune in raw silver and/or coins supposedly buried by southern U.S. land barons anticipating defeat by Union forces during the Civil War, lies in a dynamited-shut cave near Myers Cove, Ontario.
37. When Britain and France were fighting over Canadas ownership during the war of 1756-1763, a French naval officer who was entrusted with a barrel of gold, set fire to his own ship and buried it beneath a cottonwood tree at Outlet River near Duck Island in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Years later, his grandson went searching for the gold but ended up trading away the map.
38. During the War of 1812, 10,000 gold French coins were lost in the Thames River, part of todays Springbank Park, in London, Ontario.
39. Another legacy of the War of 1812 is the robbery of a British military pay box, containing $30,000 in coins which was traveling south of Woodstock, Ontario. In 1907, a piece of slate found near Kenny Creek gave the location of the stolen gold.
40. During the Rebellion of 1837, a keg of silver coins was buried near Cathcart, between Burford and Woodstock, Ontario.
41. In 1903, Turtle Mountain nearby Frank Alberta, slid down burying the bank, which is rumored to have contained silver coinage worth $1,000,000.
42. After they found a fabulous gold deposit in the foothills of Alberta, Frank Lemon murdered his partner and went mad. Fearing destruction of their hunting grounds by prospectors, natives obliterated all traces of the mine.
More information on some of the above treasure leads may be had free by contacting the Canadian Archives of Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting, 609 Dundas Street, Box 20, London, Ontario, Canada, N5W 2Z1.
We are interested in collecting and preserving material regarding Canada and would like to exchange Newsletters with all metal detecting and treasure hunting clubs and organizations.
SOURCES:
Dzeguze, Kaspars, Striking it Rich Today magazine, March 29, 1980.
Freeman, Gerald, St. Johns Crypt of Death Edmonton Journal, December 10, 1955.
Snow, Edward Rowe, Island of Lost Ships Colliers magazine, January 7, 1955.