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.
An excavation and restoration of a 200 year old pioneer cemetery has been underway since 2009. This fall, the crew uncovered and restored an ancient stone wall as documented on our website. During the excavations, a few odd stones were found, and this one has left us scratching our heads. It has some strange markings that we are unsure of the origin. The area was settled by Scottish settlers, mostly from the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland, so one theory that we have is that it is Ogham writing? We'd love to make contact with an expert in that type of stone writing.