Pitcairn Island of HMS Bounty fame

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Map of Pitcairn Island

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We didn't visit the island, because it's small, hilly, and only two miles wide.

Dec 25, anchored off of Pitcairn Island: Rather than the 618 people on the ship to visit the island, the citizens (all 48 of them except the ten children) of Pitcairn Island visited us on the ship. Since this was the Tahitian Princess' first contact with the island, the captain of our ship gave a plaque to the mayor of Pitcairn. One of their citizens provided us with some information about life on Pitcairn, followed by a Q&A period. They have one doctor on the island, but many are treated by ships' doctors or transferred to New Zealand for major health problems. They purchase many food stuffs from cruise ships in addition to their own gardens and fishing. Some of us wondered if the remaining inhabitants were related to each other. Some believe the first inhabitants of Pitcairn arrived about 3500 years ago.

As most people are aware, Pitcairn is famous for the HMS Bounty, Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian; the mutiny and the following desertion by many of the sailors. The story involves the navigator who posted the position of the island made a mistake, and nobody was able to find the deserted men, and lived out their lives on the island.  Others who remained on the ship were persecuted by the government.

Here's an interesting story about one man who came on this cruise for the sole purpose that's connected to Pitcairn Island. When he was 14 years old, he made contact with a gentleman on Pitcairn Island by ham radio – some 65 years ago, and they have kept in contact ever since. Although we were unable to set foot on Pitcairn, the ham radio man came on board to meet his old ham “friend” from the US.  They're now in their eighties which must be some kind of record in
the ham radio world. But the real “zinger” about this story is that the ham radio guy's name on Pitcairn island is “Christian.”

I took some pictures when the islanders came on the ship, but can't seem to locate them amongst the 2000+ pictures.   I will post them after I find it. 

This is all I can find for now


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