You may have heard of a 72 year old woman (Marie / Mary Jo?? – sorry, forgotten name) who is solo sailing. I remember reading an article that was published in a sailing magazine in the fall of 2004 about her proposed attempt to sail to Hawaii
. When we met her in 2005 she had just arrived in New Caledonia
, so we can safely assume that she made Hawaii
. Last time we crossed paths was Bundaberg, Australia
in May, 2006.I know there is a book “World War II Pacific Island Guide : A Geo-Military Study” by Gordon Rottman but we found that most travel guides will discuss any military artifacts that exist on a particular island. The early Christian missionaries did such a good job of destroying any archeological sites of the indigenous peoples that often the ONLY artifacts to be seen on these islands are the WWII relics. We visited abandoned military sites on Bora-Bora, Penrhyn, American Somoa, Vanuatu
, New Caledonia
and Torres Strait on our cruise
but these are a tiny fraction of what is available.