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October 07, 2008


Don Patterson

My name is Don Patterson of www.oldcharter.com. I'm pretty sure it's NOT KIDD'S TREASURE!!! I'm pretty certain the treasure was associated with the Pirate John Watling! The name of San Salvador was Watling's Island until the Parliament changed the name in 1926.



Old Charter Salvage sent research archivist Susan Rowe to the National Archives in London in 2005; where she discovered a letter dated Circa 1661 from the Governor General of New Providence (Modern day Nassau Bahamas) to the Crown in England. In this letter, the Governor General describes Watlin's Island (the Old English Spelling for Modern Day San Salvador) as a Pirate Haven and a Pirate Resort! He also indicated that every time his forces attempted to take back control of Watlin's Island from the Pirates, it in ended in heavy losses and defeat. Therefore, in my humble opinion, I think the treasure was put there by Pirates, but not Capt. Kidd!

Also, I might add, that over half of Dr. Savio's new found friends are under strict non-circumvention agreements with Old Charter Salvage, LLC and all of them violated their agreements, not to mention my trust. I have worked with Dr. Savio, Bert Deveaux, Kevin Williams, Carlos Williams, Grant Rose, and associates on the Fortune Hill Site for nearly 6 years! Only to have them purposely betray my trust, as well as the trust of my co-workers and investors, by intentionally circumventing myself, the government, and the families that actually have a legal claim to the land!


Don Patterson

Jeffrey P. Blick, Ph.D.

The "search for pirate gold" on San Salvador is doing, and has the potential to do even more, environmental harm and damage to archaeological sites already discovered on the island. For example, Fortune Hill estate is one of the best preserved Loyalist plantations on San Salvador. The treasure is supposedly in a collapsed cave nearby. How close is this cave to the plantation? Some of the plantation structures were built over limestone sinkholes (e.g., the latrine - which has been excavated already, by the way). Another site endangered by this questionable operation is the Pigeon Creek site. Apparently one of the treasure sites lies "about a half mile inland from the coast just north of Pigeon Creek." I must say that dynamiting and bulldozing are not the ways to go about discovering this so-called "treasure." Let professional archaeologists and technical experts with knowledge of ground penetrating radar examine the area (and why aren't academic archaeologists being invited just to observe anyway?). There are too many sites on San Salvador already threatened by development, erosion, and garbage dumping today. In this time of a rising tide of greed on the island, I think people need to proceed cautiously. If, as the article notes, they "do find billions of dollars worth of pirate gold ... we can ... build all the infrastructure we need for the next 25 years." I truly fear for the unspoiled beauty of San Salvador if such development would occur -- all this despoliation to chase the phantom possibility of a treasure trove of gold. I have seen this sort of thing happen in other Circum-Caribbean countries: lots of energy expended, lots of time wasted, lots of environmental damage, and nothing to show for it.

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