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Randy Conrad

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Norwich City Navigational Maps
« on: February 28, 2019, 10:52:30 PM »

Over the weekend while searching for Syd Marshall stuff..I ran across several things of interest. One thing that caught my eye was from Amelia's own words in her book "Last Flight". This was mentioned in an Austrailian newspaper found on the net. In the article she mentions about "dead reckoning" and how she would get herself back on course if by chance she was off course. One thing that was mentioned was she would search for ships below and fly back several miles and line herself with the ship. At times she would fly low enough and tip her wings to let them know she was there. If this be the case..would there be any navigational charts for ships in the area such as the Norwich City, that would indicate a path taken? Also, in the newspaper article Syd mentions the time that Amelia made a surprise visit. He said it was very neat to watch her approach the airport. He mentions that while she was there she spent alot of time working on the Electra.
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Re: Norwich City Navigational Maps
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 06:59:46 AM »

One thing that was mentioned was she would search for ships below and fly back several miles and line herself with the ship. At times she would fly low enough and tip her wings to let them know she was there.

She did write that in Last Flight and it's a good example of how naive and uninformed she was.  If she saw a ship she would have no way of knowing its intended destination so flying back several miles to line herself up with it would make no sense.  To fly low enough and tip her wings to them would involve descending and then making a fuel-expensive climb back to her economical cruising altitude. There is no evidence that she ever did that.

If this be the case..would there be any navigational charts for ships in the area such as the Norwich City, that would indicate a path taken?

Navigational charts don't show shipping routes.
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Don White

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Re: Norwich City Navigational Maps
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 11:15:33 AM »

I'm not sure why you're asking about Norwich City, unless you think Amelia might have mistaken her for a moving ship and tried to signal her.

Not only was the Norwich City stationary, she arrived at that location by being off course. I often imagine with a shudder what it was like to hit that reef in the dark and stormy night when they didn't even know it was there. And if they'd been just a smidgen to the left of that course, they'd have missed it entirely and probably never known what a close call they'd had.

As far as Amelia was concerned, there's no indication she had ever heard of the Norwich City before the flight. There are, of course, credible radio messages in which she may be attempting to have listeners identify her location by giving the name of the shipwreck. This also supports the likelihood that neither she nor Fred knew much, if anything, about Gardner Island in advance of landing on it.

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Don
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