Navy ships to dot route of amelia earhart on her flight over south pacific
NAVY SHIPS TO DOT ROUTE OF AMELIA EARHART ON HER FLIGHT OVER SOUTH PACIFIC OAKLAND, Calif., March IS.—<.T) ..Mid-Pacific islands and government government ships hurried preparations today today to speed Amelia Airhart on her world flight, and the famous avla- trix announced she would take off here at 4 p. n>. (Mountain Standard Time) either Sunday or Monday, Weather permitting. The coast guard cutter Shoshone steamed toward tiny Howland 1s- land, 1,900 mites southwest of Honolulu, Honolulu, projected second stop on Miss Earharl's transpacific course. The navy mine sweeper Whip- poorwlll moved toward a position between Honolulu and Howland island island and the navy tug Ontario headed for a spot between Howland and New Guinea. The ocean stretch betwwn Rowland and Lae, New Guinea, third stopping place, is more than 1,900 miles but a' few small islands lie near the route. These three ships will stand watch along the route and furnish any aid needed. Miss Earhart, devoting herself to details, decided to take along a supply of clothing but no dresses. Having eschewed all social activities for the time being, she confined her wardrobe selection to slacks, blouses and boots. ' "When I flew across the Atlantic all I took with me was a toothbrush," toothbrush," she. said, "but I realize now that a change of clothing is essential." essential." The weather outlook wa« uncertain. uncertain.