Thu, Jul 06, 2006
"It Was As If Dad Was With Us"
Last month, ANN told you
about Fisk Johnson's plans to look for the wreckage of a Sikorsky
S-38 seaplane his grandfather -- the late H.F. Johnson, founder of
the company that would become S.C. Johnson and Sons -- had flown in
the 1930s on a trip to find a sustainable source of carnauba, for
the company's eponymous floor wax.
The elder Johnson made it back from that trip safely... but the
plane later went down, in the hands of a different owner, off the
coast of Indonesia.
With the plane went Fisk Johnson's last link to his
grandfather... and, in a way, to his father, Samuel, who passed
away in 2004.
The late Samuel C. Johnson had always wanted to find the
wreckage of the plane that his dad had flown... and while he didn't
live to see it, his son Fisk did.
Last week, the company announced that a family expedition to the
shores of Manokwari Bay had found the S-38 seaplane... on the floor
of the Pacific.
"Seeing the original plane for the first time, resting deep
under the ocean, was magical," Fisk Johnson said. "It was as if Dad
was with us. We could feel his spirit and his love of
Fisk says ultimately, he hopes to relocate at least some of the
wreckage to a building being constructed in honor of his
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