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Feb. 8 - PITCAIRN ISLAND, UK

sunny 80 °F
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This is Pitcairn Island (of “Mutiny on the Bounty” fame), all 2 square miles of it! It is easy to see why the Bounty mutineers chose to hide from the Royal Navy here.

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This is a camera close-up from the ship of the houses in the town, Adamstown.

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We anchored off shore. The steep cliffs and rugged coastline, beautiful as they are, seem barely habitable.

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Most of the island’s 52 inhabitants came to the Serenity in their longboat.

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Hästa, the guard horse, keeping us safe from Pitcairn pirates

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All but four of the island’s population are descendants of Fletcher Christian and company. They boarded our ship to sell their crafts and to give a presentation about their beautiful island.

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These pictures are from the speaker’s slides: the anchor was recovered from the HMS Bounty.

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The mutineers burned their ship so as to avoid discovery. They commemorate that event in an annual reenactment (shown here in another of the speaker’s slides).

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As a farewell to the guests and crew, the Islanders sang a few songs. The mayor, Sean Christian, gave a thank you speech and an invitation to any who would wish to move to Pitcairn Island. Any takers? There is only one child living on the island at present – a few are at boarding school and college in New Zealand.

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The Islanders have hopes that their crystal clear surrounding waters will be declared a Marine Sanctuary.

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They departed with their “bounty”. Crystal guests were generous in their purchases and the cruise line also provided bedding, furniture and other supplies to take back to the island.

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Our Captain circled the rugged island for our viewing pleasure. Good luck to these hearty souls and their little island home.

Posted by Swenigale 16:05 Archived in Pitcairn Islands

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