Browse Items (16 total)

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

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

BirdIslet.jpg
Photos have been take from arguably the first dedicated scientific study of Palmyra, focusing on its plant and bird life.

Excerpt from the document's preface:

"The following pages are the result of a more or less thorough investigation…

Date: 1916-04-10

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

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-1-29-1915.pdf
Article reports of Captain William Weisbarth and his family reaching their destination in the GIlberts, where he planned to retire. Weisbarth was well known, and this article makes clear there were regular inquiries on the result of their trip.

Date: 1915-01-29

HonoluluAdvertiser-1-3-1917.pdf
Brief account of the death of Captain Weisbarth and his final journey to his wife's home in the Gilbert Island's where he retired.

Date: 1917-01-03

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

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

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

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

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-321916.pdf
In 1916, a Chicago group called the Bachelor Girls’ Social Culture Club, offered to purchase Palmyra from then owner Henry Cooper, to use as a colony for women only.

The article details the intentions and details of the group, and is a fascinating…

Date: 1916-03-21

HA-761914.pdf
This article describes the scene as Captain Weisbarth and his crew set sail for Tapiteauea, where his wife and several of the other passengers were born. This article is especially unique, because of its photograph showing Mrs. Weisbarth, who is…

Date: 1914-07-06

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

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