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You've found the largest collection of materials from the history of the Palmyra Atoll!




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The Palmyra Atoll is an unorganized, incorporated US territory, sitting approximately 1,000 miles due south of Hawaii, at the north end of the Line Islands.  This site is a catalogue of events and materials, starting with the atoll's first recorded discovery in 1798, up to its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001.  

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Ships Log of the Heroine

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…

QSL from June 17th, 1947

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Palmyra Designation: KH6KL
Operator: W2HHF

This QSL was likely created by a CAA (forerunner to the FAA) employee, who lived and worked on Palmyra…

Mid-1800s Era Sunken Anchor

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During production of the documentary Hidden Pacific, released in 2019, divers photographed this anchor off the western reefs. While the anchor itself…

Pan American Airways Private Code Book

PanAm Codebook.pdf

This book was used by radiomen and navigators working for Pan Am Airways, during the 1930's. Anyone listening in to the transmission, who didn't have…