The following images are of pages taken from "WW1 Aero" magazine, Issue 204 of August 2010.
SS Amerika was a steel-hulled, twin-screw, steam passenger liner. She was launched on 20 April 1905 at Belfast, Northern Ireland, by the noted shipbuilding firm of Harland and Wolff, Ltd. Built for the Hamburg America Line, the steamer entered transatlantic service in the autumn of 1905, when she departed Hamburg on 11 October, bound for the United States.
Easily one of the most luxurious passenger vessels to sail the seas, SS Amerika entered Upper New York Bay on 20 October, reaching the Hamburg America piers at Hoboken, New Jersey, in mid-afternoon. Some 2,000 people turned out to watch her as she was moored at the Hamburg America Line pier near her consorts, which were bedecked in colorful bunting.
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It has always been a mystery why Harriet flew so far off her planned course. Contemporary reports state that she had never used a compass before, and there is nothing quoted about the weather conditions in the Straits of Dover during her flight.
The prevailing wind in the Straits is normally from the SW. If it had been, it would have helped Harriet to reach landfall in the Calais area as planned. But if the wind that morning was blowing from a northerly direction, could it have been a contributing factor to her being so far off course?
John Moisant introduced Harriet Quimby to flying at the Belmont Park Aviation Meet in New York, October 1910. Widely believed to have been the man who taught Harriet how to fly, this has proved to be not the case; John Moisant was killed in a flying accident in New Orleans on New Year's Eve, 1910 and so could not have taught the art of flying to Miss Quimby. Instead, it is now believed that his brother Alfred taught her how to fly, at the same time giving instruction to his own sister, Matilde.