Hi Macteague, I actually didn't know about Dan's comments regarding the trees along the bank were planted possibly to strengthen it, his opinion again makes sense to me. All I know is what he told my friend and I personally about the bank of earth being declared artificial by experts paid by Tobias. Dan suddenly offered the information to us and like everyone else I knew nothing about it. He was adamant that he had also seen a rooted tree stump not on the bank itself but in the bottom of the deepest part of the swamp, he was quite in agreeance with me that the pond was man made. I asked him if he thought that there might be treasure down it somewhere and he said, "Could be, there might be more than one treasure site on the island."
What if Dan later signed the confidential agreement with me/us because he knew that the swamp had to have been constructed for a very important reason. To excavate the site for the pond alone would required the removal of hundreds of tons of earth with a huge crater and a (tree reinforced) bank of earth 300ft long by about nine feet high. That's a lot of work to get hundreds of tons of drinking water. If that were the reason for constructing a fresh water catchment why not initially pick an island that already had a fresh water pond and save all that work, why would anyone need so much.
In my view the purely a fresh water source theory is illogial given the massive ammount of work done to create the pond and swamp, however that's not to say it didn't also have the more important use of providing insurance against someone just digging several random search shafts to locate the treasure vault deep below. If you have seen my website below will know that I believe an air bubble effect protects the treasure, once pierced the sea will flood the vault
Let's for the moment say I'm right, that pond alone is huge, hundreds of feet across, even if you drained it the chances of hitting the vault with a vertiacal shaft are slim because it could be a ten foot square room fifty feet down.
On the other hand the actuall location could be deep under the swamp over the hill to the north that is kept wet by the overflowing source of water trickling down from the artificial pond.
What you have to remember is that Danny Henngar (Tank) is the tour guide/director of the amateur OITS and he apparently pays the writer D'Arcy O'Connor (at least expenses) to give lectures at the EOID meetings, nothing wrong with all that but there is a little more to this.
I am not accusing anyone of shady practice but the OITS show essentually centers on the Money Pit and Borehjole 10X, with annual displays and tours raising money now along I come with these new statements of direct quotes from Blankenship and Nolan and it created a crises for them. Now unless they could shmear me, undermine my credability on the Oak Island Treasure forum or stop me even on this website forum the public might not want to continue pay to see the Money Pit and Borehole 10X.
On the Oak Island Treasure forum my popular topic "Oak Island Revelations" was damaging to their interest and this latest artificial pond/swamp subject was attacked by both Tank and D'Arcy as unproven. I asked THEM BOTH TO SEEK VERIFICATION from Nolan and Blankenship as I was only quoting what the two old treasure hunters had told me, they strangely declined and still do, I wonder why?.
Ask Dan and Fred, that was the last thing those two gentlemen wanted to do and instead Tank publicly asked the website owner Joanna Atherton (OITS member) to close my thread, she locked my thread which had just under 25,000 viewing hits. She had done the same thing and locked two other of my threads deemed to have been a threat to the OITS interest.
Oak Island is surrounded not only by water but a sea of mendacity, for years I have been fighting single handed to make people challenge illogicaly theories still presented as facts - for profit. I have put what I call revelations in the public domain for free, to counteract the constant deceptions of mercenary people devoid of integrity.
You may not be aware of this but I am a researcher on Oak Island who can locate and retrieve the artifacts, a big boast I know but true never the less. If we succeed it getting sufficient funding we will make our move.
Just as an experiment why not you (or any other viewer) now ask Tank and/or D'Arcy to seek verification direct from Blankenship and Nolan about the statement I claimed they made. Watch Tank and D'Arcy deviate and squirm, ignor all nasty little remarks about me and insist on a them seeking clear verification.