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Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.
Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. This month his crew started trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.

It is an old clue, but hopefully he will settle this question once and for all.

Read in The New York Times: https://apple.news/Aty5-VGu5Qs2CQEgce86D2w

He is certainly going to spend some money and resources during his attempt.
NatGeo is paying the bills.  

more info here

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Not buying it.  There was another, or maybe a blown up version of that picture.  Really?  They were that close and didn't see the plane?  Why only ONE wheel sticking up?  For anyone who flies, you're going to land on an uncertain reef and you do it gear DOWN?  If the plane is / was inverted and submerged, how does this explain radio transmissions (but they may be Bravo-Sierra as well).
Oh, island uninhabited for over 40 years - but the ship was there for only a few years.  Dennis

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The main problem I have with the Gardner Island theory is that in October of 1937 there was an expedition to the island by Harry Maude.  The purpose was to see if it was suiable for living.  They tied up to the wreckage of the Norwick City and the island was thoroughly searched for three days.   It was during that search that the name of the island was changed.  His report states that there was sufficient food on the island to survive. Particularly Coconuts, Crabs, birds, and lots of fish.  Nowhere in his lengthy report is there any mention of aircraft wreckage or of a Castaway camp.  The Norwich City caught fire and ran aground in 1929.  The report states that the bodies of several seamen were never recovered.

The purpose Maude's visit was part of the P.I.S.S. scheme to find new homes for the over populated other islands.  Gardner Island was in fact populated and lived on from 1938 until sometime in the 1960s.  During World War II there was also a Loran navigational station on the island.  There has been lots of human activity there.

Don Jordan

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I Wish Ballard success !  If he is looking in the correct location, "if anyone can find it, he would be the one ! "    pax
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