Lot 78 of 335:
Amelia Earhart´s Trans Pacific flight ephemera  

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Title:
Collection of ephemera relating Amelia Earhart's Trans-Pacific flight

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Date:
[1937]

Description:

Framed display of memorabilia, and 14 page typewritten diary in letter form. most pages stapled together at top left. The display is framed with plexiglass and includes 3 photographs, a signed typed letter and a newspaper clipping. 49x38.5 cm (19x15").


 

The typewritten diary was authored by a member of the crew of the Coast Guard cutter U.S.S. Shoshone, en route to Howland Island, to refuel Earhart, on her first attempt to cross the Pacific. Once at the island, he writes a good deal of the preparations for her arrival. Her crack-up upon takeoff in March of 1937 from Hawaii, delays some months the flight in which she is eventually lost. The framed grouping of material about the Shoshone, includes photographs of the crew, and ship, and a Coast Guard issued hat band with "USS SHOSHONE C.G." printed on it. 

Following are some exerpts from the diary relating to Earhart. The piece also contains much about Howland, the voyage out, and persons on the island.

"March 9 Honolulu

During the day, the deck force took aboard several tons of stores. These included 20 drums of aviation and tractor gasoline, 20 drums of water, grease and oil, tractor parts, food and other supplies. I find out today what the purpose of our trip is-at least the main purpose of it. We are going to Howland Island in connection with Amelia Earhart's flight around the world. The gasoline etc. is for refueling her plane and some of the food and stores for the men who are building the runway for the plane to land. 

March 11 At Sea

One of the news reporters was up on the bridge last night talking to the officer of the deck and me. He was telling us about the arrangements that he had made for sending news flashes on Amelia's arrival and sojourn at Howland. I am sure that the stories concerning it in the paper would be much more interesting to you if you knew that all the news concerning this leg of her flight will be sent out by the Shoshone's radio. 

March 15 Howland Island

We arrived at Howland Island at 11:00 this morning...the Coast Guard visiting the island quarterly with water and supplies. This is the 9th expedition to the line of islands that we are now on. Everyone worked the rest of the day getting the supplies on the beach. Coming in on a big swell, one of the boats almost turned end for end and threw the man that was handling the steering oar into the water. He was not injured. The drums of gasoline and water were also brought ashore. In filling the drums, enough gasoline and water was left out to make them buoyant. The reason for this was to make it possible to float them from the ship to the beach. 

March 16 Howland Island

...and with a shotgun and 400 rounds of ammunition I set out with 2 of the army sergeant's to make the initial endeavor to solve the bird situation...there are thousands and thousands of birds on the island, and they could be a considerable hazard to an airplane coming in for a landing. The runway that Amelia will undoubtedly use is on one end of the island. We figure that by shooting the birds and scaring them on one end of the island, it will make a sanctuary out of the other end and they will all stay down there out of the way.

 

One of the army sergeants had Amelia's bath house practically built. Amelia is to have a bath during her sojourn here. It will be a fresh water bath and that is something that even the regular inhabitants never get. The water is brought from Honolulu.

...to prevent Amelia from the gaze of her "public", during this event, canvas has been hung around 3 of the sides, the 4th being shielded by the side of a building. The old sergeant that built the bath says that he is providing 24 holes, at $1 a peak. We have decided not to let Amelia out of our sight during the time that she is on Howland. 

March 17 Howland Island

I was taken up on the bridge, shown a chart of Howland and instructed as to where to place lights on the ends of the island. In other words, I am to be a "light tender" for the rest of my stay on the island. 

March 18 Howland Island

Today we got word that Amelia left Oakland for Honolulu. iIt shouldn't be long before she arrives here. Everything is in readiness. 

This evening I was lying in a bunk and talking to the Chinaman. (All the radio operators are Chinese). 

March 19 Howland Island

We expected Amelia to arrive today, but we got word that the flight was delayed. Everyone wishes that she would get here now that we have everything ready. We all went lobster fishing last night. We got them for Amelia's dinner. 

March 20 Howland Island

We got word today that Amelia cracked up today on her takeoff in Honolulu. That's not so good. There has been a lot of work and anticipation that has been for naught. The native boys have been practicing together with their ukuleles and guitars so that they could serenade Amelia. They have made up a song especially for her-all about her flight etc. Jimmy, the Hawaiian leader have prepared a little "Welcome To Howland" speech. Oh well, I understand that she is planning another attempt in July."

"March 9 Honolulu

During the day, the deck force took aboard several tons of stores. These included 20 drums of aviation and tractor gasoline, 20 drums of water, grease and oil, tractor parts, food and other supplies. I find out today what the purpose of our trip is-at least the main purpose of it. We are going to Howland Island in connection with Amelia Earhart's flight around the world. The gasoline etc. is for refueling her plane and some of the food and stores for the men who are building the runway for the plane to land. 

March 11 At Sea

One of the news reporters was up on the bridge last night talking to the officer of the deck and me. He was telling us about the arrangements that he had made for sending news flashes on Amelia's arrival and sojourn at Howland. I am sure that the stories concerning it in the paper would be much more interesting to you if you knew that all the news concerning this leg of her flight will be sent out by the Shoshone's radio. 

March 15 Howland Island

We arrived at Howland Island at 11:00 this morning...the Coast Guard visiting the island quarterly with water and supplies. This is the 9th expedition to the line of islands that we are now on. Everyone worked the rest of the day getting the supplies on the beach. Coming in on a big swell, one of the boats almost turned end for end and threw the man that was handling the steering oar into the water. He was not injured. The drums of gasoline and water were also brought ashore. In filling the drums, enough gasoline and water was left out to make them buoyant. The reason for this was to make it possible to float them from the ship to the beach. 

March 16 Howland Island

...and with a shotgun and 400 rounds of ammunition I set out with 2 of the army sergeant's to make the initial endeavor to solve the bird situation...there are thousands and thousands of birds on the island, and they could be a considerable hazard to an airplane coming in for a landing. The runway that Amelia will undoubtedly use is on one end of the island. We figure that by shooting the birds and scaring them on one end of the island, it will make a sanctuary out of the other end and they will all stay down there out of the way. 

One of the army sergeants had Amelia's bath house practically built. Amelia is to have a bath during her sojourn here. It will be a fresh water bath and that is something that even the regular inhabitants never get. The water is brought from Honolulu.

...to prevent Amelia from the gaze of her "public", during this event, canvas has been hung around 3 of the sides, the 4th being shielded by the side of a building. The old sergeant that built the bath says that he is providing 24 holes, at $1 a peak. We have decided not to let Amelia out of our sight during the time that she is on Howland. 

March 17 Howland Island

I was taken up on the bridge, shown a chart of Howland and instructed as to where to place lights on the ends of the island. In other words, I am to be a "light tender" for the rest of my stay on the island. 

March 18 Howland Island

Today we got word that Amelia left Oakland for Honolulu. iIt shouldn't be long before she arrives here. Everything is in readiness. 

This evening I was lying in a bunk and talking to the Chinaman. (All the radio operators are Chinese). 

March 19 Howland Island

We expected Amelia to arrive today, but we got word that the flight was delayed. Everyone wishes that she would get here now that we have everything ready. We all went lobster fishing last night. We got them for Amelia's dinner. 

March 20 Howland Island

We got word today that Amelia cracked up today on her takeoff in Honolulu. That's not so good. There has been a lot of work and anticipation that has been for naught. The native boys have been practicing together with their ukuleles and guitars so that they could serenade Amelia. They have made up a song especially for her-all about her flight etc. Jimmy, the Hawaiian leader have prepared a little "Welcome To Howland" speech. Oh well, I understand that she is planning another attempt in July."

 


Lot Amendments

Condition:
A bit of general light wear or toning to some items in the framed display, toning and occasional light soiling to typewritten pages; overall very good.


 
Item number:
316712
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