A fellow Treasure Hunter today released his story of long lost pirate treasure, but what one should note is he found the spot in 1984 and he is just now coming close, oh so close, to the huge fortune underneath the waves. Here is the story:But just this year, Clifford learned far more treasure may be resting with the Whydah. Colonial-era documents discovered in April indicated the Whydah raided two vessels in the weeks before it sank. Its haul on those raids included 400,000 coins, the records said.
A Sept. 1 dive during what was supposed to be Clifford’s last trip of the season uncovered evidence he was near those coins. That convinced Clifford he had to make another trip before summer’s end. So Clifford and a seven-man crew went back on a three-day trip that ended Sept. 13. Clifford headed for the “yellow brick road,” which refers to a gold and artifact-strewn path extending between two significant sites at the Whydah wreck that are about 700 feet apart — a cannon pile and a large chunk of wood that Clifford thinks is the Whydah’s stern. The trove of coins and other treasure likely poured from the stern as the ship broke up and the stern drifted to its rest 300 years ago, he said.
Divers searching the path on the recent trip pulled up several concretions, which are rocky masses that form when metals, such as gold and silver, chemically react to seawater. Diver Jon Matel said one discovery was following another, even though divers were working in “black water,” or zero-visibility. Matel says several feet of a fine seaweed called mung settled in the excavated pits and it was like diving in a vat of black gelatin.
“You’re going by your feel, your touch, your hands, and the ping of a metal detector,” Matel said. “When that thing goes off, it’s a great feeling.” X-rays show all the newly retrieved concretions have coins and gold inside. To Clifford it’s more proof of high concentrations of metals and coins being dumped en masse on that spot of sea floor. Clifford believes two examples that were pulled up on the previous trip are particularly compelling evidence: a cannonball piled with 11 coins and a foot-and-a-half long piece of iron stacked with 50 coins.