National Geographic : 1938 Jun
C) National Geographic Society Kodachrome Photograph byDr. Paul A.McNally SEA AND SKY MINGLE IN A GLORIOUS COLOR RHAPSODY AS THE SUN SETS INTHE PACIFIC Just as Kipling's dawn "comes up like thunder," so does the sun go down on Canton. Because the island isnear theEquator, thesun's descent is rapid and almost vertical. As a result, twilight is short. On these waters American whaling vessels sailed more than acentury ago. Canton Island was named for the sailing ship Canton, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, which was wrecked therein March, 1854. Inthemanner ofCaptain Bligh of the Bounty, the crew of 31 rowed in open boats northwestward for 49 days, finally reaching Guam.