Transporting sailboats onto a landing craft

In July 1946, a joint U.S. Army-Navy operation to test the effect of atom bombs on naval vessels was set in motion: the fourth atom bomb explosion of all time took place in a remote atoll in the Pacific. In order to clear the way for the operation Crossroads, the test site, Bikini Island, needed to be evacuated, its 167 natives relocated. Mydans was sent to the area to document the exodus of the people of Bikini. The story was published by LIFE (Mar 25, 1946).
Natives of Bikini were required to cart all of their possessions to the U.S. Navy landing craft before being relocated to their new homes on Rongerik Atoll. These canoes were the natives' main mode of transportation.
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Object Name
Date made
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
Marshall Islands: Ralik Chain, Bikini
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Carl Mydans
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Carl Mydans
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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