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PocketAtlasMap1887.pdf
This full map of Oceania at the time includes Palmyra and the rest of the Line Islands as known at the time. Very interesting example of navigation tools from the time.

DirectoryNavPacificOcean-Excerpt.pdf
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.

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…

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Pictures taken by Doug Wilson during his station on Palmyra to observe the nuclear tests as part of Operation Redwing.

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…

Honolulu Star Bulletin - 2-17-1940.pdf
Describes the legend and confirmed details of the wreck of the Esperanza and its survivors. Also gives a general history of Palmyra, mentioning some of the scientific expeditions.

HonoluluStarBulletin 4-14-1923.pdf
In depth article discussing the legend of the pirate ship Esperanza, and the origins of the story. Covers details rarely found in other sources of the legend, including a direct connection between the evidence and original papers describing it, and…

2015-02-20 16.40.59.jpg
In 1984, a group of yachties (leisure sailors who often visit uninhabited or sparsely populated islands) stayed on Palmyra, and were given a guided tour by none other than world famous sailor Bernard Moitessier. There are several significant photos…

This video shows footage from the initial dredging efforts and runway construction started in 1939 on Palmyra, in preparation for the naval base.

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