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A coral island (over 100 miles circumference) discovered by Lt. J. Cook (Third Voyage) on Christmas Eve 1777 : - Christmas Island, lat. 1 degree 55 minutes N., long. 202 degrees 40 minutes E, a low, barren, uninhabited island, with anchorage on the west side. It abounds with turtle, but has no fresh water.’ ... Here follows a ‘selection’ from numerous photos, a cache of 28 FER b&w photos taken between 1956 and ‘57 - before the H bombs.
Operation Grapple 1957