The lost treasure of The Church of Pisco Lost Treasure.



Where is the Church of Pisco lost treasure?

In 1859, there were four unpleasant men that were serving in the Peruvian Army as soldiers. They made very little money and were always dreaming of a better life for themselves. The four men included Diego Alvarez, a Spaniard; Killorain, an Irishman; Luke Barrett, an Englishman; and Brown, an American. One of the men soon met Father Matteo, a priest who told the man about a treasure that was in a church in the town of Pisco, Peru. The treasure would not be easy to obtain. One first had to first find the treasure that was hidden within the church and then get past the priests of the church that guarded the treasure. The four men devised a plan to go to the church and steal the treasure.

When they got to Peru and had located the church, Alvarez and Killorain suddenly became devout Catholics. They attended mass at the church with the treasure for some time and came to have a relationship with the priests of the church as well as other members of the church. Once they had established themselves as proper citizens of the church, they went to the priests and warned them to be careful. They had heard stories of a Father Matteo who was spreading stories that there was treasure within the church. They spoke of how they also heard that Father Matteo was gathering together a group of robbers to come and steal the treasure.

The priests became worried. They knew that there was no possible way for the men to know about Father Matteo or the church’s treasure on their own and believed that Father Matteo must really be trying to steal the treasure. After some thinking and deliberating with the priests, Alvarez came up with a way to keep the treasure safe. He and his friends could place the treasure on their ship and take it to Callao. To keep the lot safe while it was on route, Alvarez and his friends would be happy to guard the treasure for the priests. The priests liked the plan and loaded onto the ship a number of treasure pieces including doubloons, candlesticks encrusted in jewels, assorted jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings, crucifixes, and uncut stones.

The ship set out for its destination with some crew, a few priests and four guards. After a few hours into their journey, the four men killed everyone else on the ship. Alvarez came up with the plan that they could abandon the ship and claim shipwreck so that no one would ever suspect that they had murdered the others and robbed the ship. They could row to Australia and then after some time, come back to reclaim their treasure. The four men set sail for Tahiti to get supplies for their plan. Once they had everything they needed, they travelled to a small coral reef and unloaded the treasure there onto a smaller ship.

Because the reef had no harbor, they were not entirely sure of where they were. Alvarez created a map but not knowing the surrounding area very well made it very difficult and the map quite inaccurate. They made their way to the nearby town of Katiu and Alvarez asked a local what the name of the coral reef was. The man told him the name of the reef was Pinaki and because Alvarez thought that the man may begin to wonder what the interest was in the reef Alvarez shot him to prevent word spreading or the man going to the reef himself and finding the treasure. Alvarez quickly became a wanted man in the town after killing one of the locals and the four men had to quickly leave the town. But the man had been mistaken and Pinaki was a reef far from the reef that Alvarez had been at.

Just as they had planned, they continued on and destroyed the ship so that they could row to Australia. Once there, the people believed their story and the men lived very well off the little part of the treasure that they had brought with them. However, due to some poor planning, when it was time to reclaim the treasure, they found themselves somewhat short of funds and needed to create more. They tried to find investors that would be interested in a funding few prospectors with a treasure map but the investors didn’t want a part of it so they decided to go work in the Palmer gold fields. During their time working there, Alvarez and Barrett got into a fight with a few natives and were killed. Killorain and Brown also found themselves in a fight and they killed a man. For that they were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in prison. While they were serving their time, Brown died.

In 1912 a man by the name of Charles Howe lived near Sydney. He was at home one night when a beggar came to the door looking for money. Howe thought that he was the most frightful looking man he had ever seen. He invited him in, let him dry off and eat some food and then the beggar went on his way. About four months later, the Sydney hospital called Howe at his home and asked him to come in. The beggar was there and needed to talk to someone. Howe was the only person he could think of. When Howe arrived, the beggar told Howe of his story of how his name was Killorain and he had spent much of his life in prison. He told Howe of the other three men and the buried treasure that he was now too sick and old to reclaim. He gave Howe Alvarez’s map and asked him to go get the treasure.

Howe left the hospital and started to investigate the story. He found out that there had been a major theft from the church of Pisco and that four men came to the town of Cooktown after claiming to have been shipwrecked. He went back to the Sydney hospital to talk to Killorain but found out that he had already died. Howe sold all he owned and set sail for Tahiti and then move on to the small reef of Pinaki. In February of 1913, Howe set up to live on Pinaki and he lived there for thirteen years, creating a grid and looking for the treasure systematically. After coming up with nothing after all that time, he went back to Tahiti and started to ask about the Bosun Bird, the ship that had been shipwrecked off the small coral reek of Pinaki. He found out that the ship had never been near Pinaki at all but it had been a different coral reef.

Taking Alvarez’s map once again, he set sail looking for the treasure. It didn’t take him long to find the jewels and the doubloons and all he had left then was the gold. According to the map, it was at the bottom of a pear-shaped pool. He searched the pool and found pieces of wood, which he assumed were parts of the ship and was convinced that he was well on his way to finding the rest of the treasure. However, he knew that he still had the problem of pulling fourteen tons of gold out of the pool and he did not want to ask any of the locals for help because he didn’t want them to know that he had found anything, especially with them already knowing his location. Instead, he reburied the jewels and the doubloons and went back to tell the locals that he hadn’t found anything.

Howe moved back to Australia and gathered together a small group of investors and prospectors that could help him go back to get the treasure. While the plans were being made, Howe went out to the gold mines to look for gold in 1932. He kept in touch with those that were still making plans but then suddenly, all contact with Howe stopped and he was never heard from again. Continuing on with their plans, the prospectors and investors went to Tahiti to look for the gold in January 1934. They believed that they may have found the reef that the treasure was buried but they had just begun to start looking when they ran out of money. They went back to their investors and asked for more money but the investors were no longer interested in funding this seemingly-useless expedition.

The treasure has never been recovered and is still buried on an island near Katiu and Makemo. For those very interested in being the first ones to be able to uncover the treasure and keep it as their own, it is known to be a deserted island while Alvarez and his men were camped there and while Howe and his crew were working to find the treasure. On the eastern side of the reef is a coral pinnacle and there is a small passageway to the left. However, there is no harbour or place for a ship to enter. About three miles from the passageway is the pear-shaped pool that is thought to have the gold.

The lost treasure of The Church of Pisco Lost Treasure.

 The lost treasure of The Church of Pisco Lost Treasure.

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