Newspaper Article: Weisbarth is Planning a Palmyra Expedition

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Newspaper Article: Weisbarth is Planning a Palmyra Expedition

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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 mentions of a recently failed trip to Lisianski Island to try and recover a fortune in bird skins left behind by Japanese sailors, which was a failure.

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Newspapers.com

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Hawaiian Star Bulletin

Date

September 1, 1904

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Public Domain

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Newspaper

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English

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INDOMITABLE OLD MARINER WILL SAIL IN A FEW DAYS TO SOUTH SEA ISLAND AFTER COCOANUTS — MAY FIND SOME BIRD SKINS TOO—FRIENDS WISH HIM LUCK AND THINK HIM FOXY.

Captain Weisbarth, the Pacific Viking, is going to start on another expedition in a few day s. He is going to Palmyra Island, he says, for the purpose of exploiting the cocoanut industry of that place. His plan is to go to Palmyra, load cocoanuts on his schooner the Lavinia, and take the cargo to San Francisco. He proposes also to leave somebody on the island to look after his interests while the vessel is making the trips.

At the present time the schooner is on the marine railway being repaired. 4 new stem piece will have to be put into the craft, as she broke the stem piece on her recent voyage to Lisianski Island. This repairing will occupy several days and by the time that the little vessel comes off the ways, Cap-tain Weisbarth, with a courage and tenacity that one finds ordinary only in the pages of romance, will have completed the details of the expedition to his new fields of labor. Captain Weisbarth may even found a new kingdom at Palmyra, but at the present time he says he is after making money out of the cocoanuts to be carried from that island to San Francisco.

Captain Weisbarth would like to remain on Palmyra himself for a few months for his health, but as he is not going there for his health he cannot find the time to do it. He will secure some kindred spirits on his coming expedition, so that he will find at his back men who are acquainted with the sea and able to perform the work that will be necessary on the Palmyra expedition. Of course there are birds inhabiting Palmyra Island and should Captain Weisbarth, while he gathers cocoanuts, set some other member of his crew to taking birds and skinning them, he might go into San Francisco with a part cargo of cocoanuts and bird skins.

Birds that are living on Palmyra Island are probably not different from the birds that used to live on Lisianski Island, except that the Lisianski Island birds have already been skinned. Weisbarth is a most romantic character; one can not even see him but they picture him rather as one two hundred years ago than a living character of today. Therefore why should there not be something romantic about those Lisianski Island bird skins, worth about $50,000, which Weisbarth went after and says he failed to find?

Weisbarth says that when he reached Lisianski Island the skins were gone. They might have flown away so far as he could see. If they flew away, why did they not fly down to Palmyra Island? If they did, and Weisbarth were to go there and find them, it would certainly be a coincidence of a highly romantic description.

It is hinted that before he goes to Palmyra Weisbarth may go by way of Laysan or some other island lying to the westward of the Hawaiian group, and take another look to see if those skins are not after all located somewhere. Of course he would hardly visit Lisianski Island again as he was there once and says he did not find the skins.

The Palmyra expedition, whether it goes by way of some eastward island or goes direct will probably be unique and furnish some interesting history. Weisbarth is an original character and his battle against repeated failure has aroused general admiration for his pluck. It Is pretty safe to hazard the statement that when Weisbarth does go away on his next expedition, everybody will have a sneaking hope that he will strike it rich at last.

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“Newspaper Article: Weisbarth is Planning a Palmyra Expedition,” Palmyra Archive, accessed April 23, 2017, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/99.

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