Palmyra Atoll-part 2


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Oceans and Seas » Pacific
March 11th 2012
Published: April 16th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

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palmyra atoll

approx 1100 miles southwest of Honolulu, in the northern Line Islands

not exactly the tin mannot exactly the tin mannot exactly the tin man

always on the lookout for WW2 artifacts, a few finds of mine. I left these on Palmyra for others to enjoy.
After 3 months on Palmyra Atoll, it was time to pass the island and the work to another crew. Its been an amazing experience to live on an idylic tropical isle with only 4 other people, at least for a while. Undeveloped and now protected, Palmyra is an example of what nature can do after man has done his worst. Nearly leveled, contaminated and almost treeless during WW2, the Atoll is now covered in thick lush jungle, and many thousands of coconut palms. Birds nest by the thousands and marine life is in recovery. Still, if you look around, the war relics are ever present, jutting from the lagoon or embedded in the jungle, covered with vines. Its a reminder of a violent past history, and what could happen again if we are not carefull. Palmyra to me was also full of mystery, legends of pirates, ghost stories, curses, dissapearing boats and planes and the very real 'Sea Wind' killings in 1974, captured in the best selling book, 'And the Sea Will Tell.' So now we have left Palmyra on the horizon, on the way to Christmas Island-again-a 450 mile sea journey aboard the 50 ft Spartan Queen, and eventually I will be back in Hawaii, ready to travel the Earth once again!


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castaways?castaways?
castaways?

another after work day exploring the Atoll.
Sea WindSea Wind
Sea Wind

the Sea Wind hidaway, for the lost crew of the Sea Wind in 1974, Mac and Muff Graham, who never made it off Palmyra.
sleeping Boobysleeping Booby
sleeping Booby

a red footed booby catches a nap, hanging upside down!
melancholy face...melancholy face...
melancholy face...

well youd be too if youd been rusting in the jungle for 70 years....after clearing the jungle to remove WW2 debris, you find a gem like this, an old electrical panel, gazing at you.
yacht club?yacht club?
yacht club?

Palmyra yacht club, a relic from the late 70s, when yachts ventured from around the world to come here, and place their names on the walls...
sunset sunset
sunset

Another sunset over the lagoon, time to bid palmyra farewell.....
morning on the reef morning on the reef
morning on the reef

checking out the reef in the lagoon, a nice way to spend a sunday.
hermits..hermits..
hermits..

2 of what must be hundreds of thousands of hermit crabs, found everyhwere on Pamyra
mulletmullet
mullet

big 'smoker' mullet gather around one of the WW2 gun turrets, now a sort of artificial reef.
Sooty TernSooty Tern
Sooty Tern

On Palmyra there are many thousands of these terns nesting. they never seem to sleep, screeching at all hours, 24 hours a day!
raft?raft?
raft?

In the middle of the pacific you find all sorts of artifacts washed in, but the raft is a mystery! caught on the inner reef, no one to be found (I looked)
swimmin hole viewswimmin hole view
swimmin hole view

looking out to the lagoon, and the swimmin hole'
best boobies!best boobies!
best boobies!

life on palmyra--runway restoration project, and boobies are a type of seabird!
crab town cafe!crab town cafe!
crab town cafe!

part of my job was to make and paint the runway 'greeting' signs -a tradition here. One of my contributions to the effort.
farewell escortfarewell escort
farewell escort

A few friends aboard the skiff, saying goodby as we head out to sea, Palmyra in the background
seawardseaward
seaward

through the life ring, onboard the Spartan Queen, leaving Palmyra for Christmas Island, Kiribati. 400 miles to go.
salmon skysalmon sky
salmon sky

halfway to Christmas Isl. weather moving in but a pretty sunset...


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