|Captain William Kidd stood on the Gallows & a thin rain began to fall. He was dressed in the full splendor of a decorated colonial captain of the seas from the spotless coat to the new pair|
of boots. A list of crimes for which Kidd stood accused was being read for the gathered crowd but Kidd wasn’t listening. He had spent the past few weeks becoming familiar with all of the crimes he had been charged. Right now he was busily scanning the crowd & looking for a familiar face. Had his friends shown up at the last? The noose was placed around his neck & a dark sack over his head. As the darkness covered his eyes, his life, as it tends to do in these situations, flashed before them…
|… Captain Kidd awoke from his reverie in time to hear the official proclamation that he was to hang by his neck until he was dead. The rain had begun to soak through the thin sack & he could almost see through it. There was a disturbance in the crowd & some shouting but he didn’t have time to wonder what might have caused the fuss because at just that moment the floor dropped out from beneath him… & he fell… & the noose pulled tight… & the rope snapped! The crowd gasped as Captain Kidd disappeared through the trap door & landed with a grunt on the ground beneath the platform. In those days this stay of execution wasn’t seen as a sign of divine provenance but rather an indication of a poorly made knot. After a few moments of confusion Captain William Kidd was bustled back up onto the stage where the noose was refitted & secured into place. Though most of the crowd & the officials on the stage were nearly soaked to the bone, Kidd was gauged dry enough that the noose would not slip free. Without delay the trap was sprung & a few agonizing seconds later the saga of Captain William Kidd ended at the end of a taught rope. As the crowd began to disperse, William Leeds, loyal to the end, fought against the crowds until he was near the front. An old muddy pair of boots dangled at eye-level only a few yards away. He smiled.|
So what of Kidd’s buried treasure? Well, there are more rumors than fact. Every state up & down the coast has a tale of Captain Kidd’s buried booty, but only two states have ever found any of it. The first cache of gold was unearthed on Gardiners Island just off the coast of Long Island New York. The owner of the land had cooperated with the British authorities in retrieving some 10,000 Pounds. Gold coins have also been discovered in New Jersey within the Raritan Bay. The first strike was at Money Island & the second at Duck Pond, now known as Treasure Lake. Let’s look at the legends & skim the fact from the fiction.
In days gone by treasure hunters found “the cross” & started digging into the sand right on the beach but the base of the cross isn’t telling you where to dig… it’s pointing the right direction to dig! The addition of the benchmarks makes it easier on current treasure seekers. To find the current resting place of Kidd’s treasure you’ll need to locate benchmark PL160 – or the spot it would have been if treasure hunters trying to cover their tracks hadn’t removed it. You’ll need to search the seawall & find the midpoint between PL150 & PL170. From that point, follow the line of the cross 30 feet. You’ll know you are going in the right direction if you pass a smaller vertical cross. Back in Kidd’s day, your “tunnel” would have ended in buried treasure. Today you do not need to dig, as a 30-foot tunnel would come right out the other side of the hill. That spot is where you will find the treasure!
Some may call me a fool for sharing this information, but I trust that you will treat the treasure as the historical artifact that it is & take only a small sampling of the treasure for their own. Do not feel the need to trade swag at this cache. While exploring the seawall be mindful that it’s called Cliffwood beach for a reason. Be careful. Be safe. Have fun.
This cache is certified Central Jersey.
are you even related to captain kidd?
It’s unlikely. I just live in his old neighborhood. If you happen to be related I’d love to hear any information the family has handed down over the generations.
Are you serious? Is this real information? Or, are you pulling my leg.
I’ve always thought of trying to find that treasure.
There’s treasure to be sure, but probably not the kind you could retire if you found. Most of the information is true, the actual location of any gold is a mystery. The location of the geocache is as described. More info here:
I have mormon missionaries visiting my home and I am trying to link the gold plates that Joseph Smith Jr found to just a part of Captain Kidds treasure.Captain Kidd sailed to an island called Comoros and the capital of the island is Moroni that was the name of the angel that he said gave him the plates.Just would like some imput on the subject.
Kidd traveled extensively in the area of Comoros and was certainly active as a privateer at that time. It is a likely spot to have been visited, but it is unlikely that he buried any treasure. More likely, pirates did what pirates do to other pirates and acquired some of the property by means other than digging up treasure. Regardless, I can say that there was no established capital on the island during Kidd’s time. The name Moroni seems to refer to the volcano on the island. Also, early Portuguese maps refer to the island as “Camora” which sounds a good deal like Cumorah referenced by Smith. It’s all very interesting stuff. Good luck in your fact hunting!
i do not belive you , you see i know how the charts work .and it is imposible for you to have found it tony.
Tony, what charts? I find it “imposible” to find you credible without further elaboration. I not only found it… but I hid it… and it’s been found 15 times since. 😉