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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology

The Whippoorwill Expedition

The Whippoorwill Expedition

The Navy Department assigned the minesweeper Whippoorwill, under Captain W. J. Poland, to survey the Line Islands. The first group left Honolulu on July 24, 1924 and visited Christmas, Jarvis, and Washington Islands. The scientific personnel were under the leadership of Charles H. Edmondson, and the members of the group concentrated on zoology, botany, conchology, entomology, and geology. The second group, with C. Montague Cooke, Jr., in charge of the scientific personnel, left Honolulu on September 15, 1924 and visited Baker and Howland Islands. A good deal of material in the natural sciences and geology was collected, and the ensuing reports were published by Bishop Museum. Notes on and a location map of some archaeological remains on Howland were made for future study.