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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…

Pacific Islands Vol. 3 Sailing Directions - Excerpt.pdf
For much of maritime history, sailors relied on their first hand experience, and hand drawn charts to plot their course across the oceans. Volumes like this, Sailing Directions for Pacific Islands, helped them not only find or avoid islands, but…

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This brief account covers the 1982 shipwreck of John Harrison and his two daughters. The story would be like so many other simple shipwrecks on Palmyra over the years, but for two details:

1. The father was wanted by the police and immediately…

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These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific with USN Scouting Squadron VS-47. They feature several very unique images:

1. Actress and Singer…

Lloyd_s_Register_of_Shipping Excerpt.pdf
The Lloyd's register was created in the 1700's to track the make and condition of ships merchants used for transporting goods. This page from the 1800 edition shows the entry for the ship Palmyra, which would wreck on Palmyra atoll two years later…

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bradner_seismic_summer excerpt.pdf
While traveling with the crew of the Dwyn Wen in 1963, as part of the Scripps Institutes study of seafloor seismology, Marge Bradner recorded her experiences of the voyage and the islands they visited.

This detailed and fascinating excerpt…

HonoluluRepublican-3-28-1901.pdf
Brief account of the HMS Icarus, a British man-of-war vessel who'd been at sea for several years. She spent several months sailing through the Pacific, including a stop on Palmyra. Unfortunately for her crew, they were aboard and out of…

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…

NavalReport.pdf
This document gives an extensive inventory of the facilities and staff during the naval occupation of World War 2. This includes everything from vehicles, to fuel, to leisure sports equipment, to small fire arms.

This inventory was taken near the…

CBMU527-10-15-1943.jpg
This second group of photos from the Carter Collection, features formal pictures of platoons and large groups on the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during…

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This group of photographs, showing some of Palmyra's landmarks and several sailors observing a Boobie chic in its nest, was found in the National Archives collection in Maryland. The only label, its cover page, simply reads "Palmyra Island", and it…

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…

GroupShot1.jpg
This first group of photos from the Carter Collection, features candid shots of individual or small groups of personnel around the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on…

Oceanien_Bd_Polynesien.pdf
Title Translation: History and Description of All Countries and Peoples, Oceania, Volume 2

From the Text:
Mit vielen bildlichen Darstellungen von Lagen wichtiger Orte, alten und neuen Denkmälern, Trachten, Geräthschaften, Kunstsachen,…

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.

CaptainSowlePortrait.jpg
Likely from the early 1800s, this portrait was painted in Canton, China, a fairly common practice for captains at the time. Captain Sowle would very soon after be the first to record discovery of Palmyra, naming it after his ship when they crashed…

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. …

HonoluluStarBulletin-6-5-1914.pdf
Describes the retirement plans of Captain Weisbarth and his wife, and their brief stop on Palmyra along the way to the Gilbert Islands, his wife's home.

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…

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…
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