Six months ago today, a story was published on the Boston Standard’s website that went on to become the most viewed story in the paper’s online history.
The article, Mysterious Artifacts Unearthed In Treasure Hunt On Oak Island, has been viewed more than 75,000 times, continues to attract readers from all over the world, and has rarely left the top five ‘trending’ stories on the website (at the time of writing, it is positioned at number two).
In the past fortnight alone, it has been viewed by people from across six continents, with readers in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, and much of Europe.
The story deals with a booby-trapped island pit off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, which has led generations of treasure hunters to the grave.
For four centuries Oak Island has seen numerous attempts to get to the bottom of the mysterious 230ft-deep man-made pit, it notes.
The piece focuses on a former Boston and Spilsby man who was featuring in a History Channel series on the mystery.
Professional treasure hunter and author Gary Drayton took part in the second season of The Curse of Oak Island - during which he found several artifacts near the site.
He said the show, much like the Standard’s story, attracted international attention.
He said: “I was really surprised by the response from people who saw me on the show and every week I respond to questions from people all over the world asking about my time spent metal detecting on the island. “It spurred me to research treasure hunting closer to home here in Florida and I have quite a few leads to follow searching for Spanish treasure.
“I believe the coins and artifacts I recovered on Oak Island where probably lost by ‘Searchers’ back in the 17th century - hopefully Rick and Marty Lagina (from the show) will discover what they are searching for buried much deeper in the ground, out of reach of conventional metal detectors used for surface treasure hunting.”
He added: “I am using my new found fame to help others experience the thrill of finding treasure and modern jewellery at the beach, with my metal detector and treasure hunting adventures at www.garydraytonmetaldetecting.com.
“Season three of The Curse of Oak Island airs in November and I have been told by the team that more of my finds and metal detecting scenes will be shown in upcoming episodes. I really enjoyed my time on Oak Island and I am happy my metal detecting finds are on display for future generations of searchers, a Lincolnshire connection to the mystery of Oak Island.”
I was really surprised by the response from people who saw me on the show and every week I respond to questions from people all over the world