Ashlin Orrell – Deputy Project Leader
Ashlin, from Lancashire in England, has been inspired by the Earhart story ever since she was a child. Her lifelong passion for Titanic culminated in a move to Belfast to become a historical researcher at Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House. When Ashlin learned of Colin’s goal to find the Electra she was eager to be onboard with the Stratus Project, sharing Earhart’s keen sense of adventure. Ashlin’s dedication along with her expertise in historical research and analysis make her an invaluable asset to the team.
“This is a good old-fashioned mystery. An adventure. Some people ask why? Stratus ask why not?’”
A word from Ashlin…
“Amelia once said ‘never do things others can do and will do if there are things others can not do or will not do’. To be honest this has kinda always been my outlook on life. I knew growing up that I wasn’t destined to have a normal job like being an accountant or a lawyer and I dreamt of solving mysteries and having adventures. I suppose most kids dream of such things, but most kids also grow out of their dreams and decide to do something ‘sensible’. Not me.
I’ve always been interested in history and a particular passion was always the Titanic. At the age of 19 I actually decided to move to Belfast to pursue this interest and came to work at Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House. It was there that I met Colin and his frequent talk of Amelia Earhart immediately grabbed my attention. It soon became clear that he wanted to actually try and search for the Electra. Now I’ve been into aviation my whole life – I had flying lessons at the age of 13 and often dragged my parents to air shows. So combining aviation, history, mystery and adventure all in one, the Stratus Project was something that I just had to be involved with. This is such a great project, I’ve met some great people and had some amazing experiences. I really believe that we are onto something with our approach to the mystery and I can’t wait to go out and test our theory.”