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 in 1909, 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.
A video recently posted to YouTube shows what appears to be a flaming fireball blazing through the sky and dropping into the village of Akureyri, Iceland. The bright object was caught on a webcam overlooking the town. The uploader, Bjarki Mikkelsen, suggests the strange ball of light could be a drone or manmade experiment. View the footage here.