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.
Back in the 1990's, I heard the story of the infamous Mel's Hole in Washington. Several years ago, I was visiting a friend in Yakima, we were listening to Coast to Coast, when he asked if I had heard about "Mel's Hole." He said that he knew where the “whale bone growing in to the tree” was located and he would take me. So we took a drive to Ellensburg, Washington and here is the tree.