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Palmyra Ship Description.pdf
This brief description of the ship Palmyra, for which the atoll is named, comes from 1798. It is the only full physical account of the vessel we've come across, and describes how Cornelius Sowle was the Palmyra's captain for several years prior to…

Date: 1935

Coral Chronicle 1945-05-25.pdf
We know very little about this two page newsletter from May of 1945, titled the "Coral Chronicle". Based on its source and content, our best guess is that it was put together by Navy members stationed on Palmyra during World War 2, and distributed…

Date: 1945-05-25

Live Bait Fishing.pdf
This report excerpt describes fish caught and conclusion drawn from a 1953 project, to understand the health and size of fish populations in the Central Pacific. Commercial fishing in these regions was tricky at the time, because of ongoing reports…

Date: 1953-07

Sailor holding crab.jpg
This image comes from a 1925 issue of Paradise of the Pacific magazine, which also contained an article on Palmyra being a possible site for international conferences of the Pan-Pacific Union (read it here). There's little information beyond the…

Date: 1925-2

PotP-2-1925.pdf
In 1925, the Pan-Pacific Union was looking for a place to use as an international safe zone, where various countries and groups could meet to discuss international issues. This article describes a plan put forth by the then owner of Palmyra, Leslie…

Date: 1925-2

5NCB Galley - Mess Hall right center.jpg
Journal of Two Journeys is "a record of the deeds of the men of the Fifth Naval Construction Battalion. " These kinds of collections were common after the end of World War 2, usually published by members through Navy Resources, collecting…

Date: 1946

HA-7291917.pdf
A short but wonderful piece dictating a conversation between an old sea captain called Captain Blanchard, and an unnamed reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser. Blanchard was a colorful character, and well know in the maritime community around…

Date: 1917-07-29

Birds on Palmyra Photo-MDM-04-1925.pdf
Unfortunately, all we know of this photo is that it comes from a 1925 issue of Mid-Pacific magazine.  The caption reads:

"Life pursuing life. The birds of Palmyra live on larger fish that devour the smaller species, and they in their turn live on…

Date: 1925-04

Flying Over South Sea Isles-MDM-02-1922.pdf
This detailed article, writtent by Naval Lieutenant GA Ott, covers the operations of the US ship Eagle 40 as it traveled to and operated out of Palmyra in 1921. There mission was to take a small aircraft to the atoll, reassemble it in the lagoon, and…

Date: 1922-02

Pacific Bird Observer-07-1967.pdf
This 1967 article was written for the Pacific Bird Observer,published in the late 1960s by the Smithsonian Institute as:"...anewsletter distributed to collaborators of the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program of the Smithsonian Institution in…

Date: 1967-07

KP6AO 1960 SM5LNE.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: Warren

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with us!

Date: 1960-10-30

KG6MV KH5 1940 Warner Hoboy.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: Warner Hoboy

This QSL represents the first documented DxPedition to Palmyra, and we're very excited to house a digital copy of it in our archive.

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with…

Date: 1940-06-01

KH6KQ-KP6 1948 Patrick Rigg.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KP6
Operator: William H. Dirk

Special thanks to the Club Log Team for sharing this QSL with us!

Date: 1948-03-09

Excerpt from Heroine Ships Log.pdf
This excerpt from the ships log of the Heroine, describes their sighting Palmyra on their way through the Pacific in 1844. While not the most descriptive account, it's always great to see passing ships mention Palmyra.

Special thanks to the New…

Date: 1844-03-25

QSL-1.jpg
Palmyra Designation: KH6KL
Operator: W2HHF

This QSL was likely created by a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee, who lived and worked on Palmyra as part of the colony.  Amateur radio would have been an ideal hobby for someone there at the time,…

Date: 1947-06-17

B007_C007_0201XD.0002342.jpg
During production of the documentary Hidden Pacific, released in 2019, divers photographed this anchor off the western reefs. While the anchor itself was not a new discovery, these high resolution images offer a very detailed look at one of the most…

Date: 2017

PanAm Codebook.pdf
This book was used by radiomen and navigators working for Pan Am Airways, during the 1930's. Anyone listening in to the transmission, who didn't have a copy of these codes, would not have understood the message. This excerpt features the code word…

Date: 1936-08-01

1992_McDermond_Palmyra 1.jpeg
Starting in February of 1992, a team of US Fish and Wildlife scientists visited Palmyra. The summary report describes the purpose of the visit as follows:

"Our goal was to characterize the terrestrial biota of the atoll in terms of species…

Date: 1992-02-18

Nimitz on Palmyra War Diary Excerpt.pdf
This personal account is of Waitsell Leon GIvens, a Navy Radioman, 2nd Class who was stationed on Palmyra during World War 2. Throughout his life, he would often tell his family the attached story, as relayed by his daughter.

Confirmation of…

Date: 1943-06-18

1985-Causeway-1.jpg
These photos were sent to us by world class sailor and "yachtie", Wayne Avery. He visited Palmyra with his wife in 1985 and again in 1994.

Beyond the photos, Wayne shared several stories from his time on Palmyra, we're very grateful for his…

Date: 1984

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