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Cold Case Reopens: Search for the Samoan Clipper

Working with the Air/Sea Heritage Foundation and SEARCH, Inc., Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus is launching an expedition from July 14-20, 2019 to locate, identify, and document the wreckage of Samoan Clipper, a Pan American Airways Sikorsky S-42B flying boat lost off American Samoa in January 1938. If successful, the resulting survey will characterize an archaeological site with major significance to aviation and American Samoan history, determine the final resting place of pioneering Captain Edwin C. Musick and his 6-man crew, plus investigate the wreckage for evidence as to what lead to their fate. Learn more about this expedition.

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