HAROLD GATTY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/12/1937 - HFSID 284920
HAROLD GATTY He signs a typed 1937 letter, seeking scholarly articles about the navigation techniques of the early Polynesians, accompanied by original envelope. Typed Letter signed: "Harold Gatty", 2 pages 8½x11. New York, 1937 June 12. To Alma Johnson, Library of Hawaii, Honolulu.
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He signs a typed 1937 letter, seeking scholarly articles about the navigation techniques of the early Polynesians, accompanied by original envelope.
Typed Letter signed: "Harold Gatty", 2 pages 8½x11. New York, 1937 June 12. To Alma Johnson, Library of Hawaii, Honolulu. In full: "I must apologize for not having written you before, but I am afraid as a correspondent I am hopeless. I have been in New York for the past seven weeks...I have been able to accomplish quite a lot in the work I am doing on the history of the art of navigation. In that connection I would appreciate very much if you would be so kind...as to get some information for me. I am particularly anxious to settle conclusively the matter of whether or not a calabash was ever used by the Polynesians for navigation. From what information I have I think that it is without foundation, and that the story was started by Admiral Rodman from unreliable information. I would very much like to see a paper read before the Hawaiian Historical Society by Dr. N. B. Emerson on May 18, 1893 entitled 'The Long Voyages of the Ancient Hawaiians.' Besides this there were three articles in the U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings, two by Admiral Rodman and one by H. E. Gregory. The references are as follows: [Numeric references from 1927 and 1928 follow.]I cannot get access to copies of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings here but you may have them there. The Bishop Museum(esp. E. H. Bryan denies that the calabash was ever used...It is referred to Johannes Andersen in his Myths and Legends of the Polynesians, I believe on the authority of Dr. Peter Buck who is now at the Bishop Museum. Whether Peter Buck made his statements years ago and has since found them incorrect I do not know. I would appreciate very much settling this question. I expect to be catching the Mariposa from San Francisco on June 22nd and will call on you on the way through Honolulu. Regarding your letter in which you discuss telepathic experiences I also believe I have experienced somewhat similar things. However it is so difficult to reach any conclusive proofs of this subject, and somehow I have left the subject to go into when I have a little more time. It interest me very much though and one of these days when I am in between ventures I hope to give it some more thought. Things are very busy around here with the preparations for the Atlantic Service and the inauguration of the Bermuda service. If by any chance I do not catch the Mariposa I will let you know. Sincerely yours". Normal mailing fold creases. Paperclip crease and rust at upper left and lower left corners. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by original typed envelope postmarked New York Grand Central, June 12, 1937 on front and San Francisco California, June 16, 1937 and Honolulu, Hawaii, June 17, 1937. Opened at right edge. Toned and stained. In 1931, Australian Harold Gatty (1903-1957) was the navigator for Wiley Post on their record-setting flight around the world in eight days, 15 hours and 51 minutes. The eastward flight of the single-engine Winnie Mae began at Roosevelt Field, Long Island on June 23, 1931 and ended there on July 1, 1931 after ten stops en route. For this flight, Gatty and Post became the first civilians to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lindbergh once called Gatty "the best navigator in the country if not in the whole world." During World War II, Gatty served with the US and Australian air forces in the Southwest Pacific, and wrote a survival guide for airmen downed at sea, which was subsequently included in flyers' survival kits. Two items.
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