Palmyra Ship Description

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Title

Palmyra Ship Description

Description

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 his discovery of the atoll, and was commissioned by the Customs House in Rhode Island (her home port).

It is also interesting to note the misspelling of Sowle's name, here marked as "Towle". At least they got his first name right!

Creator

US Navy

Source

Archive.org

Publisher

United States Government Printing Office

Date

1935

Rights

Public Domain

Language

English

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

Palmyra, ship. Tons: 227; Guns: 10, 3-pounders and 4, 18-pound carronades; Men: 20. Commander: Cornelius Towle; Edward Mark, 1st Mate; Charles L. Hyatt, 2nd Mate. Registry Port: Providence, R.I. Owners: Jno. I. Clark & Wm F. Megee, Providence, R.I.

Issued a special commission, on October 12, 1798, by Collector of Customs, Providence, R.I., as shown on Abstract of Commissions issued, dated Custom House, Providence, R.I., 18 January 1799, signed by Jeremiah Olney, Collector.

Citation

US Navy, “Palmyra Ship Description,” Palmyra Archive, accessed November 22, 2019, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/259.