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by Tom Maxwell
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The documentation of this event at Jaluit was in place decades before the Les Kinney/ONI photo was found in the archives. Fred Goerner CBS reporter and AE mystery investigator interviewed Marshallese citizens in the 1960's; the verbal history of these witnesses reflect something very near to what is...
by Tom Maxwell
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

RS was looking for more dock photos. Another old dock photo has been located by the Nikumaroro research group in the ONI files of the archives. It is from the Vanderbuilt collection of 1928 during a world cruise by the Vanderbuilt yacht as it visited Jaluit. The research group uses that 1928 photo w...
by Tom Maxwell
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Those arguments conclude that the Jaluit dock photo could not have been taken from the dock in use in 1935 (the old German dock) and the photo is post 1936- after Robert Reimer built the dock for the Japanese at it's current location in 1936. The trees of the coconut plantation in the photo on the h...
by Tom Maxwell
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The other images related to the arguments that the Jaluit dock photo is post 1936 as discussed on pages 3 and 4.

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by Tom Maxwell
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The horizon disparity is the basis of arguments for the authenticity of the Jaluit dock image. In addition to the disparity impeded in the image itself, additional supporting arguments are found in the Pacific Islands Monthly periodical Sept.1935, and the analysis of earth curvature as it relates to...
by Tom Maxwell
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The RV Nautilus is leaving the central Pacific and returning stateside. This was the best deepwater search for Amelia's plane ever conducted. Not only was Nikumaroro throughly examined (island and deep water surrounding), but Howland deep water as well. It's the best technology available; but not a ...
by Tom Maxwell
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Not to be! The Nautilus stopped briefly at Kanton and left on a northwesterly course...apparently headed for the Howland/Baker Island area. This is a big disappointment for me. Ballard implied he would leave no stone unturned. I'm baffled. In a huge ocean and dealing with a 80 year mystery, would it...
by Tom Maxwell
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Whoops! Nautilus came within 50NM of Orona.....and kept right on going north. But wait--not towards Howland. The path looks like the ship may be headed for Kanton (Canton). All visitors without pre-visit permits must go to Canton to get the permit and a PIPA/Kiribati representative. Maybe the expedi...
by Tom Maxwell
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

After completion of the search at Nikumaroro, the Nautilus returned to Apia, Samoa and Pago Pago American Samoa, and is now on its way to the Howland Island search. In doing so, the ship's course takes it through the Phoenix Islands. From the course headings I have monitored at vesselfinder.com, loo...
by Tom Maxwell
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The satellite position reports provided at vesselfinder.com indicate just about all of the reef shelf around the island has been investigated. In viewing the positions, I never saw the Nautilus linger at any particular position for very long; indicating to me that nothing of significance has been lo...
by Tom Maxwell
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Satellite position data on the Nautilus position is available at vesselfinder.com. Use the map to find the Phoenix Islands and with the expanded scale, you will find the blue dot indicating the ship's position just off the western edge of Nikumaroro. Also a pink ship indicator showing the position o...
by Tom Maxwell
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The EV Nautilus approaches the Phoenix Islands and plans on throughly searching Nikumaroro and surrounding deep ocean. I have lobbied the National Geographic expedition, through a third party contact and social media, to investigate the Orona lagoon location. My contact offers little hope that Orona...
by Tom Maxwell
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The Nautilus has completed the search for the Samoan Clipper at American Samoa. They were unable to find anything on sonar or video with the deep water ROVs. The ship will next visit Nikumaroro and look for Amelia Earhart's plane. And yes the National Geographic now advertises the expedition as a se...
by Tom Maxwell
Wed May 29, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

When I worked on Canton (Kanton) -1973-the Musick memorial was still in good shape. The Pan Am employees put up the little lighthouse and bronze plaque during the short time that Pan Am used Canton for Pacific flights to Australia/ New Zealand. I bring this up as I just read that Dr. Ballard's RV Na...
by Tom Maxwell
Wed May 15, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 77
Views: 69418

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

That worked. Followed directions in FAQ. Now when Photobucket scrambles my images I can replace them directly. But I need to find the edit button.