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Map of Cook Islands with Suwarrow near the middle
Map of Cook Islands with Suwarrow near the middle

Suwarrow (also called Suvorov or Suvarov) is a low coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is about 1,300 km south of the equator and 825 km northwest of Rarotonga, from which it is administered. Image File history File links Cook-Islands-map. ... Image File history File links Cook-Islands-map. ... Subclasses Alcyonaria Zoantharia See text for orders. ... An atoll is a type of low, coral island found in tropical oceans and consisting of a coral-algal reef usually surrounding an interior body of water called a lagoon or peninsula. ... World map showing the equator in red For other uses, see Equator (disambiguation). ... Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 A picture taken in Rarotonga. ...


It was uninhabited when discovered by the Russian ship "Suvorov", which reportedly followed clouds of birds to the island on September 17, 1814. (The ship was named after Russian general Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov, who appears as "Suwarrow" in Lord Byron's epic poem Don Juan.) It has been only intermittently inhabited since. The Island name has also been spelled variously as "Souvorow", "Souwaroff" and "Souworoff". "Suwarrow" is the official spelling adopted by New Zealand. September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1814 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A General is an officer of high military rank. ... Monument to Suvorov as youthful Mars, the Roman god of war (Italy (November 24, 1729 - May 18, 1800), was a Russian Generalissimo, reckoned one of a few great generals in history who never lost a battle. ... Lord Byron, Anglo-Scottish poet George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788–April 19, 1824) was an Anglo-Scottish poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. ... Don Juan is a legendary fictional libertine, whose story has been told many times by different authors. ...


Suwarrow was described by Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson as "the most romantic island in the world", but it was not the model for her husband's famous book, Treasure Island. It can lay claim to being a real treasure island though. In the mid 19th century (records dispute whether it was 1855 or 1848), a ship from Tahiti was carrying out salvage work when a box containing NZ$15,000 worth of coins was dug up.[citation needed] Some years later, New Zealander Henry Mair found pieces of eight in a turtle nest. Mair became involved in a row, the find was covered up and it has never been rediscovered. [citation needed] Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of buccaneers and buried gold. First published as a book in 1883, it was originally serialised in the childrens magazine Young Folks between 1881-82 under the title The Sea Cook, or Treasure Island. ...


During World War II, Robert Dean Frisbie and several coast watchers lived on the largest islet, Anchorage. Frisbie wrote about his experiences in The Island of Desire. In 1942, a hurricane washed away 16 of the 22 islets in the atol. The coastwatchers left a hut with water tanks behind, and left wild pigs and chickens on the islet. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... This article is about weather phenomena. ...

Satellite image of Suwarrow
Satellite image of Suwarrow

New Zealander Tom Neale lived alone on Suvorov for a total of 16 years in three periods between 1952 and 1977. He described his experience in the first two of those periods in An Island to Oneself (1966 ISBN 0-918024-76-5). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x784, 611 KB) Summary This is a screenshot made using the NASA World Wind program, version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1152x784, 611 KB) Summary This is a screenshot made using the NASA World Wind program, version 1. ... Tom Neale autobiography Tom Neale (November 6, 1902- November 27, 1977) was a New Zealander who spent most of his life in the Cook Islands and 16 years in three sessions living alone on the island of Suwarrow. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


In 1978 the island was declared a National Park of the Cook Islands due to the unique marine and bird wild life it supports. The island and surrounding water is Crown land. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK A national park is a reserve of land, usually declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. ... Crown land is a designated area belonging to the Crown, the equivalent of an entailed estate that passed with the monarchy and could not be alienated from it. ...


Nowadays a caretaker resides on Anchorage Island. The only way to visit the island is with a private yacht or by chartered expedition from Rarotonga.


See also

Suwarrow National Park is located in the Cook Islands. ...

External links

Anchorage Island
Anchorage Island

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1136x852, 228 KB)Anchorage Island, Suwarrow Atoll, June 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1136x852, 228 KB)Anchorage Island, Suwarrow Atoll, June 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...

References

  • Robert Dean Frisbie. The Island of Desire. (Text online).
  • Tom Neale. An Island to Oneself. 1966. ISBN 0-918024-76-5.
  • J. Y. Waterworth. "Siege of Suwarrow". Published in the magazine Walkabout March 1, 1954, pp 34 & 35.

Coordinates: 13° 25′05″S, 163° 07′27″W March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Encyclopedia: Suwarrow (958 words)
Suwarrow is currently the subject of political battles because of plans by a Australian company to set up a fl pearl farming operation in its huge lagoon as well as a fishing venture.
Suwarrow - over 500 miles from Rarotonga, is possibly the most isolated of all the Cook Islands.
He remained in Suwarrow until March 1977 when he was found ill by the yacht "Feisty Lady" and later taken to Rarotonga to hospital.
Cook Islands National Environment Service | Protecting our Pacific Islands' Natural Resources | Flora | Fauna | Water | ... (659 words)
Suwarrow, the largest national park of the Cook Islands, is an uninhabited remote atoll situated in the Northern Cook Islands.
Suwarrow became known around the world in the late 1960s through the exploits of New Zealander Tom Neale, who for decades called the island home before he died in 1977.
Suwarrow lies in the hurricane belt and its creatures have to contend with occasional cyclones.
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