Beginning Wednesday November 2, 2005 we will post a weekly question on the Scuba Bowl page of the website. Each week's question will be available on the website and at the diveshop for 1 week only. Participants will attempt to answer as many questions correctly as possible. All questions will be somehow related to diving. There will be a new question posted each week throughout the winter and whoever turns in the most correct answers at the end of the hunt will win the prize. Participants may work alone or as part of a team, but only one answer will be accepted from a group or individual for each question at the end of the contest.
The Golden Anchor was discovered by accident one day a few years ago during the excavation for Smith Diving's new 750,000 gallon indoor artificial reef. One of the workers unearthed a very old wooden box. Inside this box, sealed in oilskin was a journal describing the life and travels of the hated pirate "Scaley" Pete D'Ermis.
Pete was a pirate who sailed the waters off the East Coast of North America in the early eighteenth century. D'Ermis and his band of cut-throats boarded and sacked more than a dozen ships before disappearing one spring into the fog of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Neither captain or crew was ever seen on the high seas again.
With a cargo hold filled with gold and priceless jewels, Pete & his crew sailed into the Saint Lawrence which, through a combination of good luck and a series of wrong turns led them eventually to a strange land. A land that would later be known as Minnesota.
By the time they arrived here most of Pete's treasure had been lost in a great storm, or had been traded with natives for the pirates' survival.
Pete's journal has led us to the conclusion that at least one piece of his treasure has survived. - A 20 LB. GOLDEN ANCHOR!
It is your job to locate this anchor and bring it up from the depths where it has lain so long.
Through exhaustive research, we at Smith Diving have uncovered a number of clues to help you in your search. One clue will be posted on the Smith Diving web site each Wednesday by 3:00pm until the anchor is found. In addition random clues will be posted at the dive shop throughout the search.
ANY VIOLATION OF THESE RULES WILL CAUSE YOU TO BE INELIGIBLE FOR PRIZE.
* - Due to the nature of the internet, Smith Diving will not be responsible for technical problems which result in the delay of publishing of clues. Smith Diving may, at its discretion, change these rules at any time.