Browse Items (17 total)

1921AerialSurveyFlightPath.jpg
Deemed highly classified at the time, this map diagram shows where the 1921 aerial surveyors flew over Palmyra to photograph its many islands. Included are markings of where they landed and unloaded the aircraft from USS Eagle 40, which ferried the…

Date: 1921

HA-9281921.pdf
Great article discussing the aerial survey of Palmyra in 1921, and featuring some great photographs from the trip, including the first one we've discovered of the plane used to take the photos.

Includes some unique details, like the model of plane…

Date: 1921-09-09

1921 Aerial-Crop.jpg
This image is from the 1921 aerial survey, done as part of the first coastal aerial survey performed in the United States. This very rare image was found in a collection files marked under as Japanese, and also contained a number of Palmyra aerials…

Date: 1921-09-21

HSB-1011921.pdf
This interesting and extensive article describes the voyage and work of the cargo ship US Eagle 40's crew while on an aerial photography mission to Palmyra. Included is a spread of photographs from the trip, showing the wildlife, scenery, crew, and…

Date: 1921-10-10

HospitalCorpsQuarterly -Jan1921.pdf
This brief write up of a naval pharmacy mate's experiences while serving with a small dispatch to Palmyra from Honolulu, contains a series of extremely rare photographs from that trip, including the first documented aerial photograph of the atoll and…

Date: 1922-01

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

HonoluluAdvertiser-5-5-1922.pdf
This article outlines the sailing plans and crew of the sampan Palmyra, a gasoline powered fishing vessel designed to make a fast journey to and from Palmyra.

This was the first attempt by its new owners, the Fullard-Leo's, to make a profit from…

Date: 1922-05-05

HA-841922.pdf
This is part 1 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. Here he describes how large game fish are caught aboard a typical sampan fishing vessel. This particular event took place at Kingman Reef, on the…

Date: 1922-08-04

HonoluluAdvertiser-8-9-1922.pdf
This is part 2 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. It describes, in colorful detail, several methods for dealing with sharks while wading on reefs like those at Palmyra.

Thurston owned the…

Date: 1922-08-09

HA-8121922.pdf
This is part 3 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This colorful account describes a wrestling match between a young local, Teddy Dranga, and a large Tuna they hoped to have for dinner. …

Date: 1922-08-12

HA-1081922.pdf
This is part 4 of 4, from an article series written by Lorrin Thurston, on his recent trip to Palmyra. This true "fish story", describes young crew member Teddy Dranga's fight with a giant eel, who had swallowed the fish, that had swallowed Teddy's…

Date: 1922-10-08

BT-651923.pdf
A detailed account of the Legend of the Esperanza. Much of the information is the same as what's found in other articles, but there are a few slight variations.

Date: 1923-06-05

20180516_132428.jpg
This jar from the Bishop Museum's specimen collection dates to the early 1900s, and contains 3 Palmyra coconut crabs donated at various times between 1904 and 1924.

Our suspicion is the crabs came to Hawaii from Captain Weisbarth in 1904, Judge…

Date: 1924

HonoluluAdvertiser-9-6-1924.pdf
This long and thorough article chronicles the Whippoorwill expedition of 1923, which took a group of scientists across the Line Islands to study local plant and animal life, as well as speak with local populations (of the few which had…

Date: 1924-10-06

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

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

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

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