Last modified: 2002-11-09 by sam lockton
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by Skip Wheeler
In the final design for Navassa, the island is just one shade of emerald green
with a white sky and a royal blue sea and the size of the lighthouse has been
exaggerated and is a light gray with a green roof. People either liked this
flag a lot or not at all. The actual 3x5 flag wasn't that bad. The flag is not
official; it was designed to represent the island for December 7th as a tribute
to those Americans who sacrificed and served during the Second World War.
Skip Wheeler, 25 December 2002
Navassa got its unofficial flag and was first hoisted on 7 December 2001. The
flag was designed by Mr Harry Wheeler in Hawaii and its ratio is 3 by 5. The
flag depicts emerald green island with a light grey lighthouse under white sky
and in blue ocean. On 7 December 2001 the flag was first hoisted together with
Johnston, Palmyra unofficial flags at USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii under U.S.Fish
& Wildlife Services for 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harvor Attack by Imperial
Japanese planes and the sunk battleship USS Arizona.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 7 August 2002
According to the CIA World Factbook:
Navassa Island - 5 sq. km., uninhabited - transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island; about one-fourth of the way from Haiti to Jamaica; strategic location 160 km south of the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; mostly exposed rock, but enough grassland to support goat herds; dense stands of fig-like trees, scattered cactus.Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2000
Uninhabited since 1898 when the last phosphate miners left. Claimed by the
Baltimore Fertilizer Company under the Guano Act.
Phil Nelson, 25 April 2000
A few years ago I read a ham radio magazine article about a DXpedition to
Navassa Island, probably half a dozen years ago, which said that the U.S.
government maintained a lighthouse on Navassa, and a lighthouse-keeper was
stationed there until the light was automated, which I purely guess may have
been between ten and twenty years ago. The expedition found a Haitian family
living on Navassa (which Haiti also claims), eating fruit and fish.
John Ayer, 26 April 2000
An order by the Secretary of the Interior dated December 3, 1999, transferred
jurisdiction over Navassa Island from the Bureau of Insular Affairs to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Joe McMillan, 12 June 2000