Martin Bayerle has more than 35 years of experience with deep-sea cargo recovery, including multiple salvage operations on the RMS Republic. He is the managing member of Lords of Fortune Shipwreck Recovery Co. and the author of The Tsar’s Treasure: The Sunken White Star Liner with a Billion Dollar Secret, which details his exhaustive research on the RMS Republic and her secret cargo. He is also a PADI-certified Master Instructor who has taught scuba diving and previously owned dive shops in Brooklyn, NY, and Martha’s Vineyard. He holds BA and BSc degrees from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia and an MBA from West Virginia University. Martin is the father of Grant and Tessa Bayerle.