By Lieutenant Commander Sherwood Picking, U.S. Navy
On a recent passage the U.S.S. Beaver passed close aboard Wake Island, and as the sea was smooth, and we were in need of boat drill, it was decided to heave to and send a party ashore for a few hours. Although only a few hours were spent, a considerable amount of information was obtained which may be of interest to the Service.
Wake Island lies about twenty-five miles to the northward of the Great Circle course between Guam and Honolulu, and 1,334 miles to the eastward of Guam. There is no mention of it in the index of the sailing directions and a diligent search was necessary before a brief paragraph was discovered concealed at the end of the Marshall Island Chapter. The only chart of Wake is a plan printed on the sheet with Vatoa and Murea in the Society Islands and in South Latitude, so that this also had to be searched for.