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Polynesian-6-21-1862.pdf
This brief article described the historically significant but not quite exciting (at the time at least) acquisition of Palmyra as a Hawaiian possession. The original written report of Captain Zenas Bent is included, describing how he left a flag, a…

CarlisleWeeklyHerald-4-2-1874.pdf
This newspaper account comes from a letter, presumably written by a crew member of the USS Portsmouth while on their surveying mission. It describes several details not mentioned other places, and is one of the earliest recordings of certain bird…

HawaiianGazette-3-14-1893.pdf
This lengthy article (only the excerpt describing Palmyra has been transcribed), describes the search by the crew of the steam C.R. Bishop for the lost ship Lady Lampson and her crew.

They visited several islands and atolls in the Pacific, but…

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…

Papers Past _ ISLANDS WITHOUT OWNERS. (Star, 1902-07-19).pdf
Describes various remote islands around the world and highlights their features. Though several were in fact owned at the time, its still an interesting and researched account, with the only known mention of the recluse Mr. Strawn who occupied it at…

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…

ProfessionalWorld-8-21-1903.pdf
This brief article gives a very good, concise account of the Esperanza legend, and offers plausible dates for the events it describes. It also posits the Esperanza as the ship which survived the battle fought with another vessel, something other…

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…

HawaiianStar-1-9-1905.jpg
A colorful account of the Weisbarth incident, wherein an entire shipment of coconuts from Palmyra had to be burned because of a Lepidopterous infection. You can read more about that in other articles in the archive.

In this case, the article…

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…

The Hawaiian Gazette 4-20-1909.pdf
Newspaper interview with famous Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) Eben "Rawhide Ben" Low describing a recent boat cruise through the South Seas. A good portion is dedicated to several days he spent on Palmyra exploring the islands.

HonoluluStarAdvertiser-7-29-1911.pdf
This shorter but detailed article covers some interesting topics of Palmyra's history up to that point, including the possible treasure buried there, the disputes over ownership, and a mention of a possible Jack London story based on Palmyra.

The…

CoopersClaim1912.pdf
Newspaper article chronicling the dispute between Judge Henry Cooper and the men contesting his attempt to claim sole ownership over Palmyra.

EveningBulletin(Hawaii)-2-27-1912-B.pdf
The article is essentially a review of Eben Low's visit to Palmyra 2 years prior. He was interviewed as part of a larger story on the atoll's possible use as a Naval base. There are some interesting anecdotes, the most noteworthy being that no one…

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. …

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…

HonoluluStarBulletin-8-15-1913.pdf
Extensive piece covering the return journey and discoveries of Judge Henry Cooper on his initial visit to Palmyra, after purchasing it for $750. He sailed aboard his ship the Luka, with a small crew that included the then curator of the Bishop…

HA-1071913.pdf
This fun, witty limerick tells what we can only assume is a fictitious story of a tree climbing crab on Palmyra, who would call out to a turtle to crack coconuts on its shell, and together they would eat them. This is described in the climax of the…

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.

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.
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