1-30 Shenandoah clock
- Shenandoah clock
- This photograph shows a clock, most likely one of the pilot's instruments, from the Shenandoah airship crash. It measures 3.14 by 3.14 inches (8 by 8 cm). The U.S.S. Shenandoah was the first gas-filled rigid airship built in America, and the first airship inflated with helium, an inert gas, instead of hydrogen, which is potentially explosive. On the morning of September 3, 1925, the Shenandoah was caught in a storm over Ava, Ohio. It broke apart and crashed, killing 14 crew members, including its captain, Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne (1888-1925), a native of Greenville, Ohio (Om1483_003).