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GentlemansMagazine-12-1901.pdf
This brief account of the wreck of the Henry James, offers unique descriptions of what survivors found while staying on Palmyra, awaiting rescue. It mentions pre-existing huts and inscriptions on trees, as well as leeches, a first to be heard of in…

Date: 1901-12

Papers Past _ ISLANDS WITHOUT OWNERS. (Star, 1902-07-19).pdf
Describes various remote islands around the world and highlights their features. Though several were in fact owned at the time, its still an interesting and researched account, with the only known mention of the recluse Mr. Strawn who occupied it at…

Date: 1902-07-19

Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser - 7-6-1903.pdf
Describes in detail the story of the pirate ship Esperanza, wrecked on the reefs outside Palmyra in 1816, along with its survivors. Has a detailed map of Palmyra from the time and a basic history. Same article as posted in the archive at the link…

Date: 1903-07-06

ProfessionalWorld-8-21-1903.pdf
This brief article gives a very good, concise account of the Esperanza legend, and offers plausible dates for the events it describes. It also posits the Esperanza as the ship which survived the battle fought with another vessel, something other…

Date: 1903-08-21

HawaiianStar-9-1-1904.pdf
Detailed description of plans Captain William Weisbarth was making to sail for Palmyra and try to strike it rich on coconuts. His plans involved taking along a small crew, and sailing all the way to San Francisco with his spoils. It makes several…

Date: 1904-09-01

HawaiianStar-1-9-1905.jpg
A colorful account of the Weisbarth incident, wherein an entire shipment of coconuts from Palmyra had to be burned because of a Lepidopterous infection. You can read more about that in other articles in the archive.

In this case, the article…

Date: 1905-01-09

HonoluluAdvertiser-1-12-1905.pdf
Describes return journey of Lavinia and how its cargo of coconuts was infested with "Lepidopterous larvae", and so the whole lot had to be burned. Also includes reference to a Coconut Crab brought back, that had to be killed by fumigation, but was…

Date: 1905-01-12

The Hawaiian Gazette 4-20-1909.pdf
Newspaper interview with famous Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low describing a recent boat cruise through the South Seas. A good portion is dedicated to several days he spent on Palmyra exploring the islands.

Date: 1909-04-04

ProudGoatofAloysiusPankburn.pdf
According to several sources from the early 1900’s, this story, written by Jack London for the Saturday Evening Post, was inspired by elements of Palmyra’s pirate legends. The first likely comes from the story of the Esperanza, where a Spanish…

Date: 1911-06-24

CooperSailing.jpg
This image, taken from a newspaper article briefly detailing Cooper sailing to Palmyra to look for buried treasure, shows the judge at the helm. The quality is low, but the image striking in its very intimate portrayal of the first man to wholly…

Date: 1911-07-29

HonoluluStarAdvertiser-7-29-1911.pdf
This shorter but detailed article covers some interesting topics of Palmyra's history up to that point, including the possible treasure buried there, the disputes over ownership, and a mention of a possible Jack London story based on Palmyra.

The…

Date: 1911-07-29

CoopersClaim1912.pdf
Newspaper article chronicling the dispute between Judge Henry Cooper and the men contesting his attempt to claim sole ownership over Palmyra.

Date: 1912

Cooper Letter to Gov Hawaii-1912.pdf
This letter, with a 1922 preface and explanation from the Navy (who retained the original letter), was written by Judge Henry E. Cooper of Hawaii, to then Governor of Hawaii, W.F. Frear. According to the letter, Cooper was concerned that a British…

Date: 1912-01-12

EveningBulletin(Hawaii)-2-27-1912-B.pdf
The article is essentially a review of Eben Low's visit to Palmyra 2 years prior. He was interviewed as part of a larger story on the atoll's possible use as a Naval base. There are some interesting anecdotes, the most noteworthy being that no one…

Date: 1912-02-27

TheDayBook-4-6-1912.pdf
This light hearted article describes the journey of the USS West Virginia to Palmyra in 1912, where they found, as the subtitle says, "One Friendless, Starving Gin Bottle, Also One Large, Unidentified Toothbrush!", among other things. It mentions as…

Date: 1912-04-06

HonoluluStarBulletin-6-28-1913.pdf
Longer and detailed piece covering Judge Cooper's trip Palmyra and his search for the legendary treasure supposedly buried there. Includes large excerpts from Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low's trip and coverage of the wreck of the Henry James years before. …

Date: 1913-06-28

HonoluluAdvertiser-7-4-1913.pdf
Brief article about the then upcoming voyage of the Luka to Palmyra, carrying its owner at the time Judge Cooper who would be visiting for the first time. Feature 2 great images of the crew and the ship, and mentions the carrying of supplies to…

Date: 1913-07-04

HonoluluStarBulletin-8-15-1913.pdf
Extensive piece covering the return journey and discoveries of Judge Henry Cooper on his initial visit to Palmyra, after purchasing it for $750. He sailed aboard his ship the Luka, with a small crew that included the then curator of the Bishop…

Date: 1913-08-1913

HA-1071913.pdf
This fun, witty limerick tells what we can only assume is a fictitious story of a tree climbing crab on Palmyra, who would call out to a turtle to crack coconuts on its shell, and together they would eat them. This is described in the climax of the…

Date: 1913-10-07

New York NY Sun 1914  Grayscale - 0754.pdf
Detailed account of the legend surround possible buried treasure on Palmyra, from a Spanish galleon. Article's subheading reads: An old sailor's account of a cargo of gold and silver and a shipwreck in the Pacific.

Date: 1914

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