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.
In August, 1998, near Eagle Butte, South Dakota, around 7-7:30 am, I encountered a very large Sasquatch (10-11 ft tall), it stepped out of the trees, within about 5 feet of me. It was not pleased with my presence and escorted me out of the woods (it was the longest 300 yards of my life!) I really thought I was going to wind up as breakfast, but he didn't pursue me past the end of the treeline. Looking back, I believe he was protecting his family (perhaps I had entered their feeding area) and if my intended route had been a little different I would have never known he was there. I never saw him till he stepped out of the trees in front of me. I might be willing to go back and show someone the location, but only if I knew I could run faster than they could.