Factory 5! Buried Treasure in Newfoundland

Who wouldn’t want fabulous wealth and riches beyond imagination… especially if all it took were a map, shovel and a little digging?




Newfoundland has long history of pirates and, as everyone knows, where there are pirates there’s just got to be buried treasure so for this edition of Factory 5! I’m going to give you five (and a half) stories of lost local loot… And really, it’s just a taste of the treasure supposedly out there1. If you have any other tales of lost gold you’re willing to share, feel free to post them in the comments.

1.The Tapper’s Cove Treasure Once upon a time the tiny community of Tapper’s Cove, near Torbay, was called Treasure Cove. According to local lore Tapper’s Cove is the site of a pirate treasure. A section of the stream in the community has a false wooden bottom under which pirates stowed the spoils from their attack on a 17th century Spanish galleon. As a particularly grizzly safeguard, the pirates reportedly kidnapped and killed a local boy and his dog who they believed would haunt the burial site. You can learn more about it here.

2. Billy Murne’s Loot
Billy Murne of Lumsden, as the story goes, was the last pirate to live on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. He wound up on the beach in the late 1800s after stealing gold from his fellow pirates. Word is, his treasure is still somewhere on the white sandy expanse of Lumsden’s beach just waiting to be discovered. If Lumsden’s resident pirate, isn’t famous enough to draw you to the northeast coast, how about Peter Easton? Legend has it that Newfoundland’s most famous pirate hid his treasure on No’der (Norther) Island just off the coast.

3. Peter Easton’s Kelly Island Cache Peter Easton wasn’t famous for nothing – he got around. Besides reportedly stashing loot on No’der Island he reportedly made a deposit in the rocky banks of Kelly’s Island, Conception Bay.

Legend (and the Baccalieu Tourism Website) tells of an early 20th century British naval officer who hired a fisherman to take him to Kelly’s Island. When he left the fisherman he was empty-handed but when he returned to the boat to he was carrying a large pot. He paid the fisherman for his trouble with a gold coin.

So, if you believe this story,2 perhaps this isn’t so much a prospective hunt site as a success story.

4.O’derin Treasure
Blogger Greg Pike shares the story of a treasure supposedly buried on O’derin, a small island in Placentia Bay. The treasure was buried at the bottom of a shoreline gully which is now a pond. Pike has pictures of the pond, including a ditch a man supposedly dug to drain the water so he could claim the treasure for himself. He was unsuccessful.

5. The Holy Grail
Finally, if you want worldwide glory and fame, you can take a stab at looking for the grand daddy of all treasures – the Holy Grail.3

Some Grail hunters have drawn a connection between the Grail of King Arthur’s Avalon and Baltimore’s Colony of Avalon (later Ferryland) others wonder whether Arthur made the journey himself. This other blog Illuminati Under the Microscope (never quite) makes an argument that the Grail could have made it’s way to Zoar, Labrador… all the while reviewing the links between Newfoundland and Grail lore. It’s interesting in a “let’s pretend” kind of way.

For your convenience I’ve plotted these treasures on a Google Map for you. If you should happen to find these treasures — remember where you heard about them. Gratitude in the form of dubloons is perfectly acceptable.

1. I’m keeping the best ones to myself. I’m no fool.
2. And, if you do, I have a wide selection of snake oil you might be interested in.
3. And if you believe this I have a bridge in New York I’m trying to sell.

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