Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.
My sister and young niece, while visiting my farm (in Highnote, AL), were in sleeping bags in their truck on the night of 01/09/2014 just to be camping under the stars when just after midnight my niece looked out the camper window and said "Mama, what's that light?" A light was illuminating two lambs in my sheep herd, as the flock was bedded down in the pasture. They both went to investigate, thinking myself or someone was playing a prank on them.
She took photos with her cell phone as they approached. When she identified that the light beam was coming from the night sky, she and my niece got frightened and ran back to the camper truck. The beam was stationary and there was no visible aircraft overhead, no engine sounds, etc. when they had looked up. It's point of origin beyond view. Once back in the camper, she said they whispered among themselves and did not go back out.
My niece was fearful the light had followed them back to the truck. My sister had been walking toward the illumination as she snapped the photos, so her movement has blurred the edges, but you can make out the true edges of the powerful beam coming down [or going up.] I just don't know. The multiple photos shows this was not a simple camera glitch. My question is "what made this?" When I first saw it, I thought it looked like a staged nativity scene. It was not. This is a legitimate mystery. Any insight would be appreciated.