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.
I have been trying to catch Planet X on film. I have been out every day for the past few weeks taking shots of the sunset. Today, though, I was out taking shots of the sun (5 frames per second, shutter speed 1/4000, aperture set f22, tripod) and I caught this object in one of the 20-30 frames I shot. I do not know what it is and it wasn’t a plane because at 5 frames per second it would have been in several if not all 20-30 frames since it took place within 4 seconds. Also when scaled it seems to be hundreds of feet in the sky and not too close. In my estimation it had to have been moving very fast to be out of range of the full frame in under 1/5th of a second. I don’t know what to think, you decide...