On the Beaches of Block Island
Doubloons worth a king's ransom may lie buried on Block Island, nine miles off the Rhode Island coast.Many seventeenth century pirates visited there to plunder and to get supplies.
Only a hundred years ago, one story says, a ship anchored off shore one night and sailed out at dawn.Soon after, an island farmer found pieces of eight around a hole in his cornfield.Islanders are sure there is still treasure there.One man even kept“treasure rights”when he sold his property.
“Terrific place to bury treasure, ”another islander said.He pointed at the vast expanse of beach and cliffs.“A body could come sneakin' in here at night, bury his loot, and cat-foot it out before anyone knew what was up.”
Probably not only pirates buried loot on the beaches of Block Island.Some early islanders were reputedly ship-wreckers.No one knows how much booty they removed from ships lured by their lanterns to smash on the jagged rocks.