Three years before Titanic on January 24, 1909, another palatial and "unsinkable" White Star Line passenger liner sank 50 miles off the coast of Nantucket. The RMS Republic was one of the largest and most luxurious liners of those times. She sank in 270 feet of shark infested water. Her loss generated the greatest legend in lost-treasure lore. The amount of wealth lost is beyond most people's imagination. Today, the treasure is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 BILLION dollars!

The Republic left New York at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 1909. In the early morning hours of January 23rd, she collided in a dense fog with the in-bound immigrant ship SS Florida. The Republic lost all engine, steam and electrical power. She did still have some secondary battery power for the use of her recently installed wireless telegraph.

More than 1,5 thousand people were rescued from the liner. Six people (3 passengers and 3 crewmen) died directly from the collision.

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