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We missed the eighytth year since the last war of the British Empire VRS the USA??

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  • We missed the eighytth year since the last war of the British Empire VRS the USA??

    I am . of course, referring to the famous 1937 battle between the HMS Wellington and USS Avocet over who owned Kanton Island.....Where both captains fired warning shots over each other Bows, until messages arrived from Washington and London to cool it then head back to Hawaii and New Zealand...after the eclipse passed...

    Kanton had been claimed in the 1850's as a guano island, but apparently never mined. As one wag put it:
    " Even the Sea Birds don't want to poop on Kanton Island.."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanton_Island

    USS Avocet T-3 postmark Dated June 8, 1937 with Canton Island in killer bars. Three line cachet US Navy National Geographic Eclipse Expedition. There was a bit of diplomatic uproar during this visit described in Wikipedia as: On 8 June 1937, Kanton was the site of a total solar eclipse and the island was occupied briefly by American and New Zealand scientists, members of an expedition organized by the National Geographic Society and led by the astronomer Samuel Alfred Mitchell . During this time, the American party claimed the island for the United States, erecting a small monument with two American flags. According to one account, the British warship HMS Wellington fired a shot across the bow of the USS Avocet , when the latter refused to cede the choicest anchorage spot to the British vessel. [12 ] The American ship allegedly responded in kind, following which both captains agreed to "cease fire" until instructions could be received from their respective governments. Washington and London quickly ordered no further escalation, and both parties observed the solar eclipse together, "though officially a bit cool.
    Last edited by marktwain; 30 Dec 19, 16:39.
    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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    Kanton airport is for Sale/lease - 4- cheap:

    The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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      Last edited by marktwain; 30 Dec 19, 21:47.
      The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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        American GHQ
        Last edited by marktwain; 30 Dec 19, 22:18.
        The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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