The Pirate Treasure of Dog Harbour

Kingwell By Kingwell, 21st Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/l6uo06_x/
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It is known that pirates visited Newfoundland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many believed that some buried their gold and other treasures in some of the remote coves. Legend has it that a member of the pirate crew was always beheaded and buried with treasure to protect it.

Pirate Treasure and Headless Men.

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many pirates are thought to have visited the waters that surround the island of Newfoundland. All would have gone ashore to take on fresh water and no doubt to explore the many nooks and crannies, bights and arms for which the island is famous. Some believe that many of those pirates had other reasons as well -for what better place to hide their ill-gotten wealth than some God-forsaken cove, on what must have appeared to them, a forlorn and desolate land? Before the dawn of radio and television, stories of pirates and where they buried their less gold, proved to be great fodder for the favourite pastime in many a Newfoundland household, the telling of ghost stories. According to folklore, when a pirate buried his treasure, a member of his crew was beheaded and buried with it. The headless man was charged with protecting the bounty from any would-be fortune hunters. Since stories of headless men abounded all around the triangular shaped island, it would appear that either there was an abundance of pirate treasure or headless men were well travelled! Back in the late forties, when I was an impressionable lad of nine or ten, my contemporaries and I would listen attentively as men gathered around woodstoves on a cold winter’s night to tell of what apparitions had been seen recently. It didn’t take much to get started, and soon the air was electrified by stories of someone being followed by a light that would strangely disappear if one decided to investigate, or of ghostly ships that would enter the harbour, only to disappear when it reached the dock. Often the talk turned to the pirate treasure buried at Dog Harbour on Merasheen Island, just a few miles across the bay, but there never seemed to be more than talk. There were several versions of where on the island, the treasure was buried but most appeared more interested in talking about the headless man who guarded it, than actually venturing an encounter with him. One man was even said to have dreamt of the location but was told that he would have to kill a companion before he could get to the treasure. In recent years, men using modern equipment are said to have discovered a spot on the island were something unusual is buried, but to the best of my knowledge, no digging has actually been done.

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Buried Treasure, Dog Harbour, Fortune Hunters, Ghost Stories, Headless Men, Kingwell, Merasheen Island, Pirate Treasure

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

What a charmed childhood to be able to hear your elders stories and have the invisible realms validated. Thank you for this King well!

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Thank You C.D.

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

I love pirates. Great post

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Canada has an amazing history

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark and you are right.

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author avatar wonder
22nd Apr 2014 (#)

The electrified air built up , so much creativity in story telling by the folks.Better than the silly TV serials that I have to sit here and watch all evening just to keep attendance in the drawing room.

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Hi wonder, thank you for commenting and yes the art of story seems to be a thing of the past but for me it was very enjoyable.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Apr 2014 (#)

I dont know how I missed this...it is so wonderful as your pieces always are...

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
26th Apr 2014 (#)

This is a good story, if illustrated with bright pictures the more it will attract readers.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks n.c.and I know you have a point. Haven't gotten into the pictures yet.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

You have alerted the treasure hunters Kingwell who can prove quite a handful in your quite neighborhood! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment Siva but won't they be afraid of the headless man lol!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd May 2014 (#)

Great read as a child I loved rowing around in our little cove stopping at very inlet hunting for such pirate treasure...:0)much enjoyed reading...thanks Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
4th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th May 2014 (#)

My son teases me and says he wants to be a pirate when he grows up. I think he just wants to be kissed by actress Keira Knightley, though he's only 11 and I shouldn't be worrying those worries about him just yet!!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th May 2014 (#)

You probably don't have to worry about him being a pirate - as for being kissed by a beautiful lady, the thought may soon enter his dreams.

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