“QUEEN OF THE SKY”
April 1933, Lewes, Delaware
The large lighter-than-air “Airship Akron” silently passed over Cape Henlopen on a north bound voyage which proved to be it's last trip. The Akron was almost 800 foot in length and was as tall as a 15 floor building. The large 'hull', covered with fabric, held nonflammable helium bags to keep her afloat, crew quarters for 90 some men, and 8 engines that could propel her to 90 MPH. Also carried were 4 fixed wing aircraft which could take off and land while the airship was in the air. It is no wonder the ship earned the nickname “Queen of the Skies”.
On it;s way north, just off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, heavy winds drove the Akron into the Atlantic Ocean, where the rough seas broke her up, loosing most of her crew. Debris from the accident washed ashore for weeks. The Delaware coast News reported that Mrs. Wilbur Corkran of Henlopen Acres, Frank Tylecki and Dorman Johnson of Rehoboth found parts of the Akron on the beach between Rehoboth and the Indian river Inlet. The U.S. Coast Guard also found scraps of wreckage which marked the end of “The Queen of the Skies”.
Michael Morgan Collection, and Delaware Coast Press, 19 April 1933