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80-G-12905.tiff
This Brewster F2A Buffalo, a member of the VMF-211 Fighter Sqaudron assigned to Palmyra, crashed onto the deck of the USS Long Island, after sustaining damage during takeoff from nearby Palmyra. Thankfully, the pilot survived and no one else was…

Date: 1942-07-25

ArthurMostynFieldJournal.pdf
From 1886 to 1889, Arthur Mostyn Field was captain of the HMS Penguin, conducting extensive surveys of South Pacific islands on behalf of the British Government. This excerpt from his journal details the work he and his crew did while on Palmyra in…

Date: 1889-05

TFTN-321943.pdf
Brief but unique account from 1943, about a contractor named M.R. "Slim" Gooding, who worked on Palmyra's initial Navy construction projects. It describes a desk he built for his wife, and had shipped back to his home in Gooding, Idaho, along with…

Date: 1943-3-2

Iselts at Palmyra-1938.jpg
This photo comes from an unknown publication, but the photos were likely taken as part of the USS Taney's visit to Palmyra in 1937 (despite the date of the photo saying 1938), led by scientist and Bishop Museum Curator E.H. Bryan.

Our best guess…

Date: 1938

Coconut Circuit.pdf
In May of 1943, a group of high ranking military officers embarked on an inspection tour of the Pacific Naval bases, many of which had recently finished major construction projects and were becoming fully operational in the Pacific Theater.

This…

Date: 1943-05

TankAmmo.jpg
This magazine from 1943, showcases the military branches as they were operating in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific, with specific focus on their daily routines and activities. Much of the publication is advertisements for local Hawaiian…

Date: 1943

GP Judd Journal-1859.pdf
This excerpt comes from the journal of Gerrit P. Judd, who was acting as an agent of the newly established American Guano Company. He traveled to Palmyra (along with several other nearby islands and atolls) aboard the brig Josephine, in search of…

Date: 1859-10-19

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

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