Day 19, Sun., Jan. 23, 2011–Pitcairn Island

Pitcairn Island

     Pitcairn Island, named after Midshipman Robert Pitcairn, a 15-year-old crewmember who was the first to sight it, lays very lonely in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, between South America and Australia.  Pitcairn Island is of volcanic origin and is characterized by steep basaltic cliffs that rise abruptly from the sea.  The island has fertile soil but no streams.  Oranges and bananas and other crops are grown in the subtropical climate.  Adamstown, the only village on the island, is o the northern coast, near Bounty Bay.  It is inhabited with approximately 45 people, from nine families.  We did not go ashore, but the inhabitants came to us, climbing up a ladder from their longboat into the hold.

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     They ship had tables for them to sell their souvenirs.  They only found out we were coming about 3 weeks ago.  A Princess ship will arrive in about 2 weeks.  Today happens to be “Bounty Day”, the 221st anniversary of the burning of the HMAV Bounty.  We bought the large wooden dish in the last picture.

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     At 11 AM Kerry Young and Andrew Christian gave a slide presentation in the theater and the Mayor presented the Captain with a model of the Bounty.  Those that came aboard were fed and then were given provisions when they left.

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       The floor of the longboat is removed and the souvenirs and provisions were packed in there.  It was a great day.

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Good Morning Amsterdam was filmed “on location” and I was able to video parts of it from the TV.  They showed the residents coming aboard.  Tonight’s entertainment was a new and different show by Horizon, Motown and More.

IMG_1448 The clocks were set back another hour tonight.  The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne-

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