The Icarus Returns

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The Icarus Returns


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 communication when Queen Victoria died, only finding out months later upon return to Honolulu.



Honolulu Republican




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The Icarus, the English man-of-war that left Honolulu in December for the South Seas, returned yesterday on her way to Esquimalt. The vessel shows the effects of having been in warm seas for several months, as long seaweed is growing to her, below the water line. The last mail that the sailors had was during their stay here. About three months have elapsed since any of them had news from home. They were greatly surprised and shocked to hear of the death of her majesty Queen Victoria. A dozen bags of mail had accumulated here for the sailors of the vessel.

On January 5th, Palmyra was reached, where a few days were spent. On the 10th the ship reached Fanning Island where a game of football was played with the local residents. Christmas Island, the Caroline Islands and Tahiti were visited in turn. Mild weather was experienced throughout the cruise. During the entire cruise, not another vessel was sighted. The inhabitants of the different places visited treated them with every kindness and consideration.

It is now some two years and three months since the Icarus left England.

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“The Icarus Returns,” Palmyra Archive, accessed August 8, 2020,