Mary Hyde and The Great Star of Africa.
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The Golden Cache with Mary HYde at the helm was on her way home after a visit to the east. A quick stop under the cover of darkness at a tiny cove along the east coast of South Africa to pick up a special parcel. The cargo was a secret, but it was rumoured to be a treasure of immense proportions, destined for the Royal household. The fact that the Royal Navy was escorting The Golden Cache only added oil to the fire. As always, a secret never stay secret for too long. A whisper here and an overheard conversation there and rumours was starting to do the rounds. Not too long and it reached the ears of some intrepid pirates. Before you could say "Jolly Roger", five of the most fearsome, cutthroat pirates decided to band together to claim this once in a lifetime prize.
During a stormy night along the Wild Coast the pirates used their opportunity to attack. The Golden Cache was quickly boarded and the treasure divided between the five of them. Before the Navy realised what had happened, the pirates were fleeing, each in a different direction.
Mary survived with a few cuts and bruises. She was furious and vowed to track the pirates to the ends of the earth to recover the treasure. She made meticulous notes in the ship's logbook of any information that she deemed to be of importance to help in her task.
The Golden Cache was lying at anchor at the listed coordinates on a quiet evening. Mary was going over her notes. Making sure her logic was sound and that the treasure was where she calculated it to be. A quick landing in the morning, and months of hard work will be well rewarded.
Unfortunately this story does not have a happy ending. During the night a freak wave washed the ship onto the rocks and it sank. There was no survivors. The pages of the logbook was scattered into different directions.
It is now up to you to track down all these clues and recreate the logbook, and then using Mary's logic to figure out where the treasure is hidden. Seeing as you are probably a beginner treasure hunter, hints and checkers will be given along the way to help you in this difficult journey. Good luck and enjoy.
If you do not know the answer, or what it is about, there is loads of information available. Searching the internet is a good place to start.
Sometimes you just need to highlight things to make the message clear.
Day 1: Spotted “The Evil Dagger” today with Henry at the helm.
What is the name of Henry's ship?
Where was Edward spotted?
Day 13: Ivpgbevn gbbx gur Rzrenyq.
What did Victoria loot?
Day 18: Ygdv osk khgllwv gf “Lzw Zshhq Zgod”.
What ship took the gold?
Day 25: “Qdy Lyzoh” uzp plkqqyr zjadkoyr ej “Izokkj Mzw”.
What ship is at Maroon Bay?
Day 31: “The ?” have 5 masts.
Name of the ship with 5 masts?
What treasure is hidden at "Grog Cove"? .
Name of captain and his ship.
What is the name of the captain operating from "Skull Island? .
Day 71: ”prT ivuelcG“ kr uvkkfgj jrn fnk if pslI R.
What treasure was spotted here?
Name the two captains mentioned on Day 83 & 84.
Well done, you have found all the pages and recreated Mary's logbook. Now if only you could use her logic to track down that missing treasure.
A = What treasure did Elizabeth steal?
B = Who stole the Ruby?
C = Where was the Emerald hidden?
D = Where did Henry hide?
E = Where did "The Happy Howl" take shelter?
Enter the answers for A-E as one word
If "Mary Hyde" = 109 then calculate
South = A + C + D + E
East = (E+C) - (D+B)
Check your coordinates here.
(No hints available.)