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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…

Date: 1800

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…

Date: 1800

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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,…

Date: 1838

Excerpt from Heroine Ships Log.pdf
This excerpt from the ships log of the Heroine, describes their sighting Palmyra on their way through the Pacific in 1844. While not the most descriptive account, it's always great to see passing ships mention Palmyra.

Special thanks to the New…

Date: 1844-03-25

DirectoryNavPacificOcean-Excerpt.pdf
Detailed index of the known islands and coasts of the Pacific, with descriptions of how to navigate to and through them. Features a short entry on Palmyra, followed by the Samarang Isles, which have been confused with Palmyra.

Date: 1851

PocketAtlasMap1887.pdf
This full map of Oceania at the time includes Palmyra and the rest of the Line Islands as known at the time. Very interesting example of navigation tools from the time.

Date: 1887

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…

Date: 1900

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…

Date: 1901-03-28

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

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

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

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-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.

Date: 1914-06-05

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

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

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

HonoluluStarBulletin 4-14-1923.pdf
In depth article discussing the legend of the pirate ship Esperanza, and the origins of the story. Covers details rarely found in other sources of the legend, including a direct connection between the evidence and original papers describing it, and…

Date: 1923-04-14

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

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