• "The knowledge that a secret exists is half of the secret." – Joshua Meyrowitz

  • Capt. Bayerle was referred to as a "modern day pirate" (in the complimentary sense) by Judge Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts in a 2005 opinion granting exclusive salvage rights to the Republic to MVSHQ.

  • "She was one of the elite luxury liners of her day, known as the `Millionaires´ Ship´ for all the wealthy and prominent figures she carried." – The Tsar's Treasure

  • "Shipwreck may hold $1.6 Billion." – Los Angeles Times

  • "[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is." – Sir Winston Churchill

  • "Several billion dollars in gold may lie in 270 feet of water about 50 miles south of Nantucket, and it all belongs to Martin Bayerle." – The Martha's Vineyard Times

  • "Republic was the largest and most technologically advanced vessel lost at sea in history to her time." – The Tsar's Treasure

  • "[Captain Bayerle's] Fishing off Nantucket for Ship, History and $1.6B" – The Boston Globe

  • "A `Palatial' Steamer. The new twin-screw steamer 'Republic' 15,400 tons ... will stand comparison with anything afloat for the excellence, comeliness, and comfort of passenger accommodation. The 'Republic' is a vessel which calls for distinct mention among many notable craft." – White Star Line booklet, circa 1908

  • "Almost immediately upon Republic's sinking came rumors, rumors of a lost treasure that was aboard her. A treasure of over $3 million in gold coins, a treasure that today, may be worth well over a billion dollars." – The Tsar's Treasure

  • "A billion dollar treasure: The answer is waiting off Nantucket." – The Martha's Vineyard Times

  • "Capt. Bayerle has written what must be among the best researched and tantalizing adventure narratives in quite some time... I applaud his ability to fuse history with death-defying deep sea exploration." – Robert Cembrola, Maritime Archeologist and Director of the Naval War College Museum


The Tsar’s Treasure

The Tsar's Treasure captures the story of the lost luxury White Star Liner known as the Millionaires' Ship and Capt. Martin's Bayerle 30-year quest to find her fabled treasure. When the RMS Republic sank in 1909, she was the largest ship to sink in history (only to be surpassed by her sibling ship, RMS Titanic, a mere three years later). When Republic sank, she took with her not only all her cargo and passenger effects, but also some politically-sensitive secrets. Rumors of a vast treasure, of "riches beyond most men's wildest dreams," were published the day after her sinking and have persisted for more than 100 years.

The book documents Capt. Bayerle's personal journey to uncover Republic's secrets along with extensive research in an effort to substantiate or deny the rumors. The result is deep-sea adventure riddled with subtle clues and impressive historical photos and documents. The reader is invited to examine the evidence and arrive at his or her own conclusions surrounding the century- old mystery of what may become the greatest treasure recovery of all-time.

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The Fortuna Series

Imagine if you had all the prime elements of the great treasure hunting films – the pirates, the shipwreck, the treasure, the research, even the love interest – all wrapped up in a single story. Now imagine if this story was real. This is the premise behind the upcoming book series based on Captain Bayerle’s life story. The books document the fascinating personal triumphs and struggles of Captain Martin Bayerle, the finder of RMS Republic and famous treasure hunter (now President of MVSHQ, Inc. – owner of title to Republic and her cargoes).

The books capturing this exciting personal treasure hunting story (with plans to adapt to feature films) are in the development stage, with the first planned for release mid-2014.

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