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This excerpt features content specifically related to Palmyra, from the larger yearbook of activities and personnel in the 76th CBMU. These few photos and anecdotes offer a great view into life before the larger conflict in the Pacific entered full…

Date: 1945

Australian adventurer Alby Mangels spent the early 1970's sailing around the Pacific in the world's oldest still sailing vessel, the Klaraborg. This documentary chronicles his trip, which stopped in Palmyra for several weeks. This video excerpt…

Date: 1971-09-16

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

Alta Norton was a member of the CAA colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. One of her sons, George, was the first (and only) graduate of the short lived school program created during the time of the colony. He also maintained a large…

Date: 1948/1949

Honolulu Magazine-Jan 1984.pdf
This very detailed and honest account retells Palmyra's history from the perspective of its longest standing and last private owners, the Fullard-Leo's. Much of it explains the pitfalls of owning and managing a remote Pacific island, wanted by…

Date: 1984-01

A 1979 09 16 A1.pdf
First of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part one gives a general description of life on the island now, and the dangers of using it for storing…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 19 A1.pdf
Last of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part four discusses various mysteries surrounding the island, including the (at the time) recent murder case…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 18 A1.pdf
Third of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part three describes the plant and animal life of the atoll, as the author walks through its forest and along…

Date: 1979

A 1979 09 17 A1.pdf
Second of a four part series on the state of Palmyra in 1979, when attention was drawn to it as a potential storage site for nuclear waste. Part two describes daily life for the copra plantation workers, and what the plantation hopes to achieve, as…

Date: 1979

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

Poisonous Fish Investigation.pdf
During the late 1940's and early 1950's, reports of fish poisoning from around the line islands and central Pacific became rampant. Scores of previously edible fish were now causing severe illness, and in some cases death. The Navy, acknowledging…

Date: 1953-05-06

The Naval Chronicle was the original source for the announcement of Palmyra's discovery by Captain Cornelius Sawle, as described in this excerpt. There are 2 important things to note:

1. The spelling of the captain's name is Sowle, not Sawle, as…

Date: 1805-12

This extensive account of Fanning's voyages in the South Pacific offer brief descriptions of every event on his adventures. Presented here is a short excerpt describing his discovery of Palmyra, though it was published after the account of the ship…

Date: 1833

New York NY Sun 1914  Grayscale - 0754.pdf
Detailed account of the legend surround possible buried treasure on Palmyra, from a Spanish galleon. Article's subheading reads: An old sailor's account of a cargo of gold and silver and a shipwreck in the Pacific.

Date: 1914

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

Collected stories of Captain John Cameron from his sailing trip aboard the Ebon, through the Pacific in the 1890's. This excerpt describes he and his crew's brief stay on Palmyra, including the turtle races they held on the backs of the giant sea…

Date: 1893

For those not familiar, the US Exploring Expedition (USXX) was the first oceanic research expedition, and the most audacious of its time. It sought to explore, map, and catalogue the lands, creatures, and peoples living in the lesser known island…

Date: 1942

Brief article about a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee who had to be emergency airlifted to Honolulu after a fish bone became lodged in his throat. Lucky for him, the Pan Am Clipper Celestial (a Douglas DC-4) was nearby and able to divert to…

Date: 1948-05-05

In the late 1910's and early 1920's, the United States had very little in the way of military aircraft. In an effort to convince both the public and officials there was value in investing in these aircraft, a series of aerial surveys and bombing…

Date: 1921-02

David Howard Hitchcock (1861 - 1943) was a prolific Hawaiian painter, and a member of the Volcano School (non-native peoples who painted dramatic depictions of volcanoes). He's also known for bringing the Boy Scouts program to the Hawaiian islands,…

Date: 1915

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