Visit of the USS Wright

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Title

Visit of the USS Wright

Description

This group of photographs, showing some of Palmyra's landmarks and several sailors observing a Boobie chic in its nest, was found in the National Archives collection in Maryland. The only label, its cover page, simply reads "Palmyra Island", and it was grouped with other Naval photos dated from 1936.

While explicitly identifying these images is difficult, we do have clues to tell us where they likely came from. The only documented military vessel to visit Palmyra around that time was the USS Wright in 1935, sent there to photograph the coastline.

The images themselves also gives us 3 important clues:

1. The document refers to this as Palmyra Island, rather than Palmyra Atoll, a description that generally went out of fashion in the 1950's.
2. The clothing on the sailors predates common attire adopted during World War 2.
3. The wider shots showing the islets as covered in trees and brush, instead of cleared for use as a military base, mean it pre-dates the World War 2 occupation.

All these things point clearly to this being the crew of the USS Wright.

Source

NARA

Publisher

US Navy

Date

1935-10-31

Rights

Public Domain

Language

English

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Original Format

Photo

Citation

“Visit of the USS Wright,” Palmyra Archive, accessed June 20, 2019, http://www.palmyraarchive.org/items/show/113.

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