South Beach, Tern Island

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Comments (17) on July 1, 2008

That is an amazing photo, simply perfect. What do they use this runway for?

sakis_gk on July 1, 2008


ribero92 on August 23, 2008


Tom Connell on January 13, 2009

This shoal was bombed mistakenly by the japanese during wwII, they thought from ariel discovery that is was an aircraft carrier. then in the late 50's through the 70's it was a USCG Loran Transmitting sight

MelindaGrace on January 13, 2009

hi Tom,

wow! thanks for the information on that. The history of tern island is very interesting. It is incredible to look back at old photographs from the time when the Navy and Coast Gaurd manned the island. Very different from how it is now. I am out here doing research on albatrosses which have now taken over this "aircraft carrier". It is easy to see how it could have been mistaken by the japanese.

MelindaGrace on January 13, 2009

hi Byron, The runway used to be used as a halfway gas-up for planes heading out from Honolulu to Midway and back during WW11. Now it is maintained as an emergency landing airstrip, as there aren't too many places people can land in the middle of the Pacific if need be. Planes come in once or twice a month to resupply the FWS volunteers and research biologists who now maintain the island.

Jerry Lentz on April 26, 2009

Photo believed to be from the 1990s, looking east towards the sunrise.

MelindaGrace on April 27, 2009

Hi radiojerry - I took this photo in winter 2007 on the south beach of the island facing east at sunrise.

Marcin ®z on July 11, 2009

Eden on the World... :)

southerncross on September 23, 2009

MelindaGrace, Great shot of French Frigate. The island was used as a Coast Guard LORAN A (Long Range Aids to Navigation)high power transmitting station and was the System Area Monitor (SAM) for the Pacific LORAN C chain. We use to fish in the shoals as long as we ate what we caught,ater skied in the channel in a Boston Whaler, and anyone stationed on the Island did 12 months with 2 weeks off at the 6 month point. time was spent counting down the once a week flt to the island till we got off permantly. Lots of great times though.

Roberto Lo Savio on January 5, 2010

Amazing!!! The perfect sunset (or sunrise) colors :)

bybymsn on June 6, 2010

Stefan, I can answer that. Melinda gets there the way all savvy travelers get there today; aboard the M/V Kahana (see us on "Lost", check your local listings), the Final Link in the Hawaiian Chain. T-shirts are only $20.00!

MelindaGrace on June 6, 2010

that's right bybymsn! The Kahana is a lovely way to spend a few days on the way up the chain. A faster, but less exciting option is to take a plane chartered by the FWS.

MelindaGrace on June 6, 2010

p.s. where are those T-shirts for sale??

bybymsn on June 6, 2010

Well Melinda (is this Melinda C???): A) An airplane? Really? B) T-shirts are available onboard. Unfortunately, supplies are limited. BUT WAIT! More are on the way. They are very chic and go with any occasion that requires t-shirt. Waking up, for instance. C) Time killer idea: Who is bybymsn? No cheating.

alexmakris on August 25, 2010

wow, awesome photo!!

Daniel Pałosz on December 27, 2011

amazing and very beautiful picture! greetings from Poland

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by MelindaGrace
    • Taken on 2008/03/27 09:56:13
    • Exposure: 0.100s (1/10)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/20.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -5.00 EV
    • No flash