Mystery of the Shugborough Inscription

Written By Tripzibit on Oct 23, 2014 | 02:07

The eight-letter Shugborough Inscription on the Shepherd's Monument in Staffordshire has baffled historians for 250 years and is considered one of the world's top uncracked text carvings. Its mysterious etchings were thought by some to contain clues as to the location of the Holy Grail. The inscription became widely known after being mentioned in the book entitled "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln which published in 1982. Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens are both attempted to crack the Shugborough Hall code and failed.

The inscription is D  O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V.  M - carved below a mirror image of Nicolas Poussin's painting, the Shepherds of Arcadia, on the 18th-century Shepherd's Monument of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England.
The mysterious Shugborough Inscription
History buff A J Morton says he cracked the code in a matter of weeks, something he attributes to his experience of researching gravestones and monuments around the world. Morton's solution allocates each of the letters - O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V & D.M. - on the monument to people and places associated with the Shugborough estate. And he admits that his findings will not be popular. 'People are rightly suspicious at first,' he explains. 'There have been hundreds of attempted explanations, none of which have turned out to be terribly convincing.'

'It is very likely that Mary Venables-Vernon of Sudbury Hall, the Baron Vernon of Derbyshire, the Honourable Edward Vernon-Harcourt and the 1st Viscount Anson of Orgreave and Shugborough were involved in the creation of the original "Shugborough Code",' he says.

'The Code has brought a lot of attention to Shugborough Hall over the years because people believed it to hold the key to the location of the Holy Grail.

The Holy Grail theory originated from the conviction that the Anson family who lived at Shugborough were in the Priory of Sion, the secret society suspected as the successors to the Knights Templar and the guardians of the relics recovered from the Holy Grail, including the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper.

Other theories came from Bletchley Park. At Bletchley, experts has short listed two theories as follows:

The first theory, according to the Veteran World War II cryptanalyst Sheila Lawn, she believes it's an ancient love note, and the code is an ancient Latin phrase. She says “I'm a romantic at heart so maybe the Holy Grail Cup is just a cup of love.”

Her husband Oliver prefers a more mystical solution connected to the Knights Templar, keepers of the Holy Grail.

Second theory came from an unnamed professional code breaker. He came up with a Knight's Templar message: Jesus H Defy.

The “H” is believed to stand for the Greek letter “Chi” meaning Christ and is thought to relate to Templar belief that Jesus was an earthly body rather than celestial.

Until now, several other theories has been proposed to crack the code included suggestions a Biblical verse from Ecclesiastes, and a memorial.


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The Mystery Stone of Lake Winnipesaukee

Written By Tripzibit on Oct 21, 2014 | 03:40

In 1872, a mysterious object was found near Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire by some construction workers. Seneca A. Ladd of Meredith (a local businessman who hired the workers and credited for the discovery), discovered an intriguing carved stone within the clay casing. He described it as a dark, odd-looking, egg-shaped stone with a variety of carvings, including a face, teepee, ear of corn and starlike circles. The carved stone has 4 inches long and 2.5 inches thick. Several archaeologists have speculated about the “Mystery Stone’s” origin for over one hundred years. However, until now, the age, purpose, and origin of this mysterious stone's are still unknown.
Mystery Stone of Lake Winnipesaukee

Later in 1927, Frances Ladd Coe of Center Harbor, the daughter of Seneca Ladd, donated the "Mystery Stone" to the New Hampshire Historical Society.

In 1994, a borescope analysis was performed by the state officials to analyse the stone's holes. Interestingly, Richard Boisvert reported on an article which published by Associated Press in 2006. He suggested that the holes were drilled in both ends with different size of bits by power tools from the 19th or 20th century. Each bore is straight, not tapered. Scratches in the lower bore suggest it was placed on a metal shaft and removed several times. Based on previous analysis, it is concluded that the stone is a type of quartzite which derived from mylonite or sandstone.


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SS Baychimo The Ghost Ship of The Arctic

Written By Tripzibit on Oct 16, 2014 | 12:54

SS Baychimo, a ghost ship which was sighted along the Alaska coast, being abandoned in 1931. 38 years after SS Baychimo was abandoned, in 1969, she was found frozen in a pack of ice. However, when a salvage party came to investigate the 1969 report of the Baychimo in ice, it had mysteriously vanished by the time anyone arrived. No one has seen it since and there was no trace of wreckage ever found. 

In 1914 SS Baychimo, a steel-hulled cargo steamer with weight of 1,322 ton was constructed in Sweden. It was first launched in 1914 under the name of Ã…ngermanelfven (Yard No 420) by the Lindholmens shipyard (Lindholmens Mekaniska Verkstad A/B) in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Baltische Reederei GmbH of Hamburg. It has 70.1 m long, and powered by a triple expansion steam engine with average speed of 12 mph.
After World War I, she was transferred to Great Britain as part of Germany's reparations for shipping losses and was acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1921 and rename it as Baychimo. Hudson's Bay Company, the last owner of SS Baychimo was based in Ardrossan, Scotland and use it to trade provisions for pelts in Inuit settlements along the Victoria Island coast of the Northwest Territories of Canada.

SS Baychimo (1931)

Since her first launched until 1931, SS Baychimo and her crew has completed 9 successful journeys to and from Alaska and British Columbia along the north coast of Canada, visiting trading posts and collecting pelts.

Her luck run out on October 1, 1931 when she became trapped in a pack of ice. At that time, SS Baychimo was on a routine transport run to Vancouver and loaded with a cargo of valuable fur. The ship and its crew were tossed about by icy blasts of wind and gripped by freezing temperatures, yet they pressed on, determined to deliver their precious cargo. Suddenly they caught in blizzard as they pushed on through the ominous weather. The ship trapped in ice, and, the captain ordered the crew to quickly abandoned the ship. They traveling over a half-mile of ice to the town of Barrow to take shelter for two days, but the ship had broken free of the ice by the time they returned. The crew decided to wait until they could retrieve the ship, and built a camp out on the ice nearby where they could keep an eye on it.

On October 15, with the blizzard continuing to pound their camp, The Hudson Bay Company took action and sent a recue party to evacuate the crew from their imperiled camp by aircraft. Even though 22 of the crew were rescued, the captain and 14 crew members refused to abandon their ship and its cargo, and decided to remain camped out on the ice.

A few days later, however, an Inuit seal hunter told him that he had seen the Baychimo about 72 km away from their position. They managed to remove the most valuable furs from the hold to transport by air and then the Baychimo was completely abandoned.
However, the Baychimo did not sink, and over the next few decades she was sighted numerous times. People managed to board her several times, but each time they were either unequipped to salvage her or were driven away by the bad weather. In 2006, the Alaskan government began work on a project to solve the mystery of "the Ghost Ship of the Arctic" and locate the Baychimo, whether still afloat or on the ocean floor. Until now, she has not been found yet.


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Salzburg Cube

Written By Tripzibit on Oct 10, 2014 | 01:03

The Salzburg Cube, an out of place artifact also known as The Wolfsegg Iron, is a small cuboid mass of iron that was found buried in Tertiary lignite in Wolfsegg am Hausruck, Austria, in 1885. The name of the Salzburg Cube comes from its location, as it was held at the Salzburg Museum but then disappeared in the early 1900's under apparently mysterious circumstances, only to later re-appear at the Heimathaus Museum.

In 1885, Reidl, the miner who found the cube at the iron foundry, was apparently breaking open a piece of coal and found the Cube inside. It is believed that the strain of coal the cube came from and that was dug out of the mine was dated back as over 60 million years old.It weighs 785 grams (about 1 and 3/4 lbs.) and measures 2.6 inches high by 2.6 inches long by 1.85 inches wide and has a deep incision running around its circumference.

Salzburg Cube

In 1886, the mining engineer Adolf Gurlt Professor of Geology at the University of Bonn suggested that it was meteoritic in origin. The object was analysed in 1966–1967 by the Vienna Naturhistorisches Museum using electron beam micro-analysis, which found no traces of nickel, chromium or cobalt in the iron, suggesting that it was not of meteoric origin, while the lack of sulfur indicated that it is not a pyrite.


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