02.08.2015 - 02.08.2015 80 °F
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.
This is a camera close-up from the ship of the houses in the town, Adamstown.
We anchored off shore. The steep cliffs and rugged coastline, beautiful as they are, seem barely habitable.
Most of the island’s 52 inhabitants came to the Serenity in their longboat.
Hästa, the guard horse, keeping us safe from Pitcairn pirates
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.
These pictures are from the speaker’s slides: the anchor was recovered from the HMS Bounty.
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).
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.
The Islanders have hopes that their crystal clear surrounding waters will be declared a Marine Sanctuary.
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.
Our Captain circled the rugged island for our viewing pleasure. Good luck to these hearty souls and their little island home.