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Matt Revington

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2017, 04:21:48 PM »

All of the Japanese merchant ship's spec can be found here
https://maritime.org/doc/id/oni208j-japan-merchant-ships/index.htm
It's the office of naval intelligence guide to Japanese ships in WWII
The koshu is not listed but many essentially identical vessels, according to another site that cited this manual the koshu was in the 208j classification
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Randy Jacobson

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #31 on: July 06, 2017, 04:25:39 PM »

For what it is worth, this from the Daily Mail, UK:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4670468/Photo-showing-Amelia-Earhart-NOT-aviator.html

"But MailOnline had access to this same picture a year ago - and an investigation in the US National Archives established that the photo was among a batch taken after 1940, at least three years after she disappeared."

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Ric Gillespie

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2017, 04:42:10 PM »

Thanks Randy.  If we can verify this, it blows them out of the water.  We need to find out who the MailOnLine "investigator" is.  We need file numbers, etc.
I'll try to contact them.
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Kevin Weeks

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #33 on: July 06, 2017, 06:49:24 PM »

That would be make more sense than it being randomly misfiled as they claim
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Jon Romig

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #34 on: July 07, 2017, 07:04:35 AM »

Saw the New York Times article this morning.
Here is an excerpt:

"Shawn Henry, a former F.B.I. executive assistant director who has been working with History to investigate the photo for about a year, said facial identification experts called it likely that the photos showed Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan.
He said the Marshall Islands theory is supported by other evidence, too: pieces of metal that were found in the area and could have come from the Electra; an interview Mr. Henry conducted with an islander who claims to have seen Ms. Earhart around the time of her disappearance; and government records citing reports about Ms. Earhart being imprisoned by the Japanese, though the reports mentioned have not been found.
“When you take it all together, to me, it’s beyond a reasonable doubt. That photograph is just a bow on top of a box of evidence,” Mr. Henry said in a phone interview. “And that bow, to me, just ties it all together.”
He sounded confident — just as confident, in fact, as Ric Gillespie, who may be the best-known proponent of another, entirely different theory."

It is amazing that they can treat this preview of an unseen show on the "History" Channel as having equal weight to Tighar's work. I guess "confidence" is the only measure for truthfulness in news these days. Our president has established that standard.

Ric, you have amazing patience!

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Matt Revington

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2017, 07:29:33 AM »

From an interview with Les Kinney in the National Post :

"Kinney, who started his career as a naval intelligence agent, said the photograph he found was in a batch of documents collected by U.S. sources in anticipation of the 1944 invasion of the Marshall Islands. “This was a mistake. This was never meant to be there,” he said. The National Archives verified Thursday that the image is from its holdings and was in a file “unrelated to Earhart.”"

So he found a blurry photo in file unrelated to Earhart. As Kevin noted the photo is clearly labelled with what it is,  a view of Jaliut Harbour , which would be useful to have for a planned invasion of the island.  If it was a photo of AE and Electra I would expect that to be included in the label, also if the "barge was important in this view why did the photographer almost cut it off the edge and instead devote half the picture to the other part of harbour and unrelated boats.  This would be like Tighar claiming that Bevington saw the landing gear on the reef but decided to aim his camera at the Norwich City.

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/a-film-claims-to-solve-the-mystery-of-amelia-earharts-fate/wcm/06e438c4-520a-4e3b-acef-af9344f77530
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Kevin Weeks

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2017, 08:07:29 AM »

pictures people can look at generate hits on their web page.. it's not the content that matters it's buzz and revenue they can create.

lets not forget all the airplane parts he found that were no doubt from the electra... but were able to be debunked in minutes by anyone who casually looked at one.
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Leon R White

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2017, 10:47:15 AM »

Attached are two quick "perspective warp" versions of the 1918 picture.  This was a 5 minute exercise in Photoshop.  No other mods were made.  This is certainly not conclusive, but evening changing perspective doesn't get the picture to match "the boat in the photo."  These aren't the same ships, IMHO.  In fact, I couldn't find a way to make the two photo's match, no matter what I did.   Just sayin - the photo is about as useful as their airplane parts were.
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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #38 on: July 07, 2017, 12:04:35 PM »

Why is (almost) everyone looking at the camera? 

If this was a surveillance or reconnaissance photo, wouldn't the photographer have been a little less obvious?

If it were a "trophy" photo, why was it taken from so far away?   

If it were a press photo, why are the "stars of the show" not readily visible?

Eight out of twelve folks are looking at the camera; it's almost as if the photographer yelled "Say チーズ !"

(That means "cheese"!)
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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2017, 12:30:25 PM »

All of the Japanese merchant ship's spec can be found here
https://maritime.org/doc/id/oni208j-japan-merchant-ships/index.htm
It's the office of naval intelligence guide to Japanese ships in WWII
The koshu is not listed but many essentially identical vessels, according to another site that cited this manual the koshu was in the 208j classification

I suggest that the Koshu Maru is indeed listed in this document. "Koshu" is the Hepburn spelling for Japanese names, but there are other methods of "romanization" for Japanese words which produce varying spellings. On page front003 of this document it's stated that:
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The Hepburn system is the most nearly phonetic rendering of spoken Japanese and is still employed by the United States Navy except for merchant ships, where Kokutai is used.

About the middle of the listings on page tail041 there is listed the ship named Kosyu Maru with the alternative Hepburn spelling of Koshu Maru, showing it to have been built in 1911 with a length of 298 feet and a beam of 44 feet.

Looking at page 140, there's a silhouette of a vessel, the Taieu Maru, and the Kosyu Maru is listed as "similar" to that.
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Matt Revington

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2017, 01:48:10 PM »

Thanks Bruce I had not considered the translation issues.  There are however 3 Kosyu's  in that document and the one that matches the "1918" picture best is on page 152.

https://maritime.org/doc/id/oni208j-japan-merchant-ships/pg152.htm

It  has the guns that evident in that 1918 picture ( and which are not on the other Kosyu's), it is noted that this a Japanese naval vessel that strongly resembles merchants ships. I am not sure if this is the Koshu that is supposed to be in the Jaliut photo or if there are multiple Koshu's ( Kosyu's) that are confusing people (including me).
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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #41 on: July 07, 2017, 04:08:44 PM »

Yes, Matt, but the ship on page 152 is military and so it does not have Maru at the end of its name. The story with the Jaluit quay explicitly says the ship is named Koshu Maru.
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Matt Revington

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2017, 04:16:56 PM »

I did not know that Maru was only used for non-military ships.  However I think it is clear that the 1918 ship that we have been trying to match the ship in the photo to is this navy ship on page 152 so if the ship at jaliut was the koshu maru and a merchant ship then we should try to match it to one of the others.
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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #43 on: July 07, 2017, 05:36:27 PM »

Jeff Glickman says the ship in the photo is not Koshu.  He'll write up a report next week.

TIGHAR's initial response to the photo is now up on the TIGHAR website at https://tighar.org/Projects/Earhart/Archives/Research/Bulletins/83_JaluitPhoto/83_JaluitPhoto.html
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Bruce Thomas

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Re: New show on history channel about Amelia Earhart
« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2017, 05:39:22 PM »

Matt, you mentioned 3 entries listing Koshu, so there is one other with Maru as part of its name. Its the one with Teishu Maru listed to the right. This vessel was built in 1937 with the original name of Teishu Maru, and seems to have been acquired by the Japanese Navy and renamed to Koshu Maru about 1940. There's a picture of that ship here. So this isn't the one in the Jaluit photo.

They're all starting to look the same to me! But the ship in the Jaluit photo looks old and well-worn in 1937, like the one in the famous poem by John Masefield, "Cargoes": "Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smokestack."
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