Drilled Stones

A restricted area for registered users to describe their own research, request assistance or organise group/shared research projects and digs.

Moderator: Jo

Drilled Stones

Postby n4n224ccw on Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:32 am

The stones with a single small drilled hole found on Oak Island pose curiosity. The first curiosity is for the mention of their finding by Hedden and not prior. About five in number they are exclusively found on the eastern side of the island immediate to areas of treasure hunting activity. The curiosity is how would these stones have eluded detection before then, especially the westerly stones being very close to the money pit.

Anyone familiar with early photographic evidence of the area certainly knows how much of that surface was dug up, almost no stone unturned as the saying goes.

A few days ago I read a passage by 'Friend Allen' from the Liverpool Transcript of 15 Aug 1857. He says “Three pits of great depth are still open” Further he continues “The shafts are oblong squares, about 12 feet by 8 and are boxed in, as I may call it, with timbers some 8 inch square in a workmanlike and substantial manor. In addition to the three pits are five whimsies or gins each intended to be worked by two horses, by means of which the dirt, stones, and water were elevated securely in iron casks, many of which are still on the premises”.

Five drilled stones and five whimsies or gins is too coincidental to pass by without closer examination. Could these drilled stones have been part of the horse whimsies or gins?

Yes, and the proper name for these drilled stones would be called Mellior Stones.

MELLIOR STONE - The granite bearing stone in which the upright shaft of a HORSE WHIM ran.

Ref http://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/delvin ... r/glossary

“Much of this disturbance is likely to have occurred in the last couple of centuries, as slates were found inside the roundhouse and one of the adjacent stones within the field wall had been split and one of them drilled, in order to make a mellior stone for a horse whim.”

Ref: http://www.cornisharchaeology.org.uk/in ... matted.pdf

Attached is a drawing based upon an early photo of oak island showing this gin in use.

Also attached is a photograph displayed in Dan Blankenship's office showing a horse whim in use around the cave-in pit.

This stone would be on the ground with the hole acting as a receptacle for a metal rod. The other end of the metal rod would be placed into the end of the vertical. Red arrows show this stone's location.

These gins were consistent to those used in Nova Scotia coal fields for this period which makes sense since experienced coal miners were hired during 1849 (this is how McCully came into the story as manager of the coal exploration augers used to drill that year) and their expertise until the end of 1866.

Here is a link to coal mining in Cape Breton, scroll down to de-watering the mine.


I think this is very strong evidence which suggests those drilled stones found around treasure-hunting shafts were Mellior stones.




Sorry for the small photos, but for some reason this forum currently has an issue with uploading pictures.
The post Revolutionary history of Oak Island is a complex web of lies and partial truths to sort through.

User avatar
Digging for Diamonds
Posts: 718
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:12 pm
Location: Halifax Nova Scotia

Re: Drilled Stones

Postby DJ King on Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:53 am

Congratulations on finally putting the drilled stones issue to rest.
Dennis King.
DJ King
Digging for Gems
Posts: 66
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:27 am

Return to Research Projects

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

Fatal error: ./cache/ is NOT writable. in /home/oakislan/public_html/forum/includes/acm/acm_file.php on line 103