This year I investigated some of the spots where Captain Kidd had alleged buried treasure in Raritan Bay. The terrain, sea level, and bay have changed since those days. Markers then may be nonexistent now, as in the Elm trees used to locate his treasure. In most of the stories about buried treasure, the treasure is no longer where it is suppose to be. After moving and hiding the treasure on land by the crew, the Captain and first mate usually got everyone drunk that night and went back to shore and moved the treasure. The only alternative was to kill the crew, which he needed and could not find a better group of cut throats. Captain Kidd did not trust his crew! Ya think?
I will be updating this section of my website later this month with this past seasons investigation.
This past summer I continued the search. I was finally able to find the small island off Treasure Lake which is not an island any longer. There is an area that on an extremely low tide may become an island. We call this a sand bar or in the bay it is most likely a mud bar. I found it pretty funny that I had checked this area many times, but never went close enough to the shoreline to find this spot. This was one accomplishment this season. Next I drove to Treasure Lake from the other side and found it is surrounded by homes, marsh, and heavily over grown with all sorts of vegetation. There was no way to get to the bank without going through someones back yard and that wasn't going to be an easy trip either. I stood where I had the best view and thought where could I enter the lake with my dive gear. I came to the conclusion that the best way would be to beach my boat and carry the dinghy over the short distance and push it over the cat tails and such until I got to the water. This will require me to have a full crew aboard the boat that day next season. For those of you who not familiar with Treasure Lake in Aberdeen NJ, I have included a picture of the lake. We will keep you advised.