Breaking News! Nauticos ends Earhart ocean search: No Electra found!

Stop the presses! On April 5, Dave Jourdan of Nauticos officially announced finis to the latest Earhart crashed-and-sank goose chase, when he announced on the group’s Expedition Portal, “Today the Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition 2017 comes to a close.”

As always, no hyperbolic headlines screamed for attention as another ocean-floor boondoggle came up empty, nor could the news of this crushing development be found anywhere else in our vast Internet media. Under the headings “Mission Conclusion” and the grammatically challenged “Nauticos Crew Head Home, Makes Plans,” Jourdan wrote, “As you may have gathered, I cannot announce that we found the Electra.” Who could have imagined!

Also as predicted, Jourdan claims that his crew’s latest high-tech achievements aboard “the good ship Mermaid Vigilance” made this most recent voyage highly successful:

We covered 725 square nautical miles this expedition, a record for Nauticos. Our tally in three expeditions is nearly 2,000 square nautical miles, and with the coverage by the Waitt Foundation in 2009 we’ve mapped an area the size of Connecticut at 1 meter resolution or better. This is one of the largest contiguous areas of the deep ocean mapped in history.

So now, thanks to Nauticos, anyone interested in touring the ocean floor near Howland Island should have a far-more detailed map to keep them from getting lost as they negotiate the “seamounts, calderas, and volcanic cones never seen before” in this area of the central Pacific. It’s encouraging to know that someone is concerned about resolving this pressing need!

David W. Jourdan’s The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart (Never Forgotten Book II), published by Ocellus in 2010, claims “there is no primary source to narrow speculation on [Earhart and Noonan’s] fate.” Really?

Readers of this blog will be forgiven if they’re unaware that Jourdan actually wrote a book on his Earhart search, The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart (Never Forgotten Book II), yet another misnamed and thoroughly forgettable tome, published in 2010 and obviously read only by the most clueless and incorrigible crashed-and-sank enthusiasts. 

A description — or more accurately, a warning about this book’s vapid contents can be found on its Amazon page, on which we find:

“The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is possibly the greatest aviation mystery of the twentieth century. Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished without a trace in the vast Pacific near tiny Howland Island during their attempt to circle the globe on July 2, 1937. No wreckage, oil slick, or floating debris of any sort was ever found. Other than a few fleeting radio messages, there is no primary source to narrow speculation on their fate.”

“No primary source”? Yes, you read that correctly. I suppose that would depend on how one defines “primary source,” wouldn’t it?  Jourdan, along with the indefatigable crashed-and-sanker Elgen M. Long, who was also aboard Mermaid Vigilance, is among the most visible of the hopeless crashed-and-sank wing of the Earhart community. Neither Long nor apparently Jourdan consider Paul Briand Jr., Fred Goerner, Vincent V. Loomis, Oliver Knaggs, Thomas E. Devine, Bill Prymak or anyone else who ever painstakingly labored in the service of the truth and at the risk of their personal peace and reputations to bring back solid, eyewitness evidence of the presence and deaths of Amelia and Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands and Saipan as “primary sources.” The same can be said of any of the scores of witnesses these men interviewed, beginning with Josephine Blanco Akiyama, still alive in San Mateo, Calif. 

Not a single mention of any of them, or even the possibility of Saipan, can be found in Long’s Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved, and I have no intention of purchasing Jourdan’s book so that I can make a similar statement about that fish wrapper.  An old quotation comes to mind and seems most appropriate here: “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” 

Jourdan concluded his announcement by writing, “We will take another look at all of our work, and have already made a to-do list. We will return home, take a well deserved rest, then get back to it!” Of course they will; there’s too much money yet to be made from the fat contracts the U.S. Navy happily awards to those willing to get underway in these continuing voyages into insanity.


8 responses

  1. One can only hope that TIGHAR will follow his lead and finally say enough is enough


    1. Dave,
      Jourdan isn’t giving up his searches, he just finished the current one, that’s all. Just as TIGHAR visited Nikumaroro 11 times, always returning, so will Jourdan return to the Howland area. Follow the money, Sir, follow the money.


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  2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! What a shock! Mike, can you or one of your industrious readers find out exactly how much $$$ these guys received for all their “research”? I would love to divide that total by the square feet they mapped (gee, thanks for that, fellas!) and find out how much it costs PER SQUARE FOOT to have a map of the ocean floor in that area! How truly useful!

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  3. As one who does firmly believe that Earhart & Noonan died at Japanese hands on Saipan, I have no problem with anyone doing further search in different areas. Any evidence that was found on Saipan, may have been on Saipan, or human remains that may have been found on Saipan, no longer exists. With the major tourism development on Saipan in the past 50 years, any evidence that was there has been destroyed. However, more than adequate records of inadvertent finds during the war still exists, plus Fred Goerner’s interviews with over 100 people on Saipan should be strong evidence for their demise there. But, as I said, I do not discourage anyone who seeks to find evidence in other areas. Since nothing exists to definitely prove Earhart’s presence on Saipan, perhaps we could be wrong. Personally, I would welcome firm conformation of exactly where she & Fred could have gone down.


  4. Interesting.
    This latest mission left Hawaii on February 11th. It was financed by a billionaire.

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    1. Who is the billionaire, Les?


  5. Nautico pretends to look for Amelia Earhart, as it maps more mud, for the U.S. Government. How many times have we heard this before?

    The men who have found evidence, of the Electra in the Marshall Islands, Dick Spink & Les Kinney are the ones we should be paying closer attention to. Les the area where the Electra splashed in on Barre Island; I wounder if there was any disturbance to the rocks, coral, or reef that wasn’t already washed away over time? Rocks with breaks, scratch marks or abnormalities? There must be something else there, that hasn’t been fully investigated, viewed closer and seen by the naked eye?

    Thanks Mike for keeping us abreast on these failed expeditions & embarrassments to those who continue the farce, falsehoods and charades.


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  6. Ha ha ha

    On could drain the whole ocean, map it to 1cm resolution find no sign of the flight and the crashed-and-splashed will still say “It is there, we must have missed it” and start plans for the next mission…it is becoming embarrassing…it really is…it is not rational, it is almost cult-like.


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