Pitcairn Island Expedition, Oceania
Compiled dispatches, originally sent live from the field with a PDA / Sat phone combo
|Storm at sea!
24 Jun, 05 - 02:06
Picasso in Mangareva Pitcairn bound Captain Mike
Pitcairn is unfortunately not our
location: We Arrived back in Mangareva shortly after dark last night
following a day in truly high seas. Prior to casting off from port none of
us were able to answer on how we'd feel while sailing. Only Jimmy survived
without effect, Greg, Mark & I did little more than lay in the boat's
cockpit groaning; occasionally punctuating our misery by launching stomach
contents towards the fish.
26 Jun, 05 - 12:33
Pearl farms, Mangarevas prime industry The islands dense tropical vegetation Our 66ft basecamp, Picasso
Pitcairn island was the chosen hideout of
Fletcher Christian and fellow mutineers following their capture of HMS
Bounty. Captain Bligh and a scant few of his loyal crew were set afloat in a
longboat: Enduring a huge ocean crossing finally landing on East Timor 3600
|Ringed by reefs
28 Jun, 05 - 19:05
Mangareva is the largest Gambian island
hosting four hundred residents; school just finished for the largest annual
holiday effectively dropping this figure by a hundred. Yesterday proved fun
social, we played football (soccer), table tennis, Frisbee, and enjoyed
their end of term energy.
29 Jun, 05 - 09:38
Pearl farms on the reef Reef Hopefully this won't be us
The wind has shifted, boat preparation is
the current mode, we're off across the southern Pacific to Pitcairn!
|Afloat on the
South Pacifiic 30 Jun, 05 - 15:56
Casting off Stormy beginning Last land till Pitcairn
Afloat on the south Pacific without a
speck on the horizon.
2 Jul, 05 - 01:14
Pitcairn island Bounty artifacts abound Christian's cave
We made it to Pitcairn!
|Surf, sun n'
seastacks 3 Jul, 05 - 01:08
Freshly picked Lunch picked en route to the crag. Seastacks of St Pauls point. Myself (KT), Mark & Greg summiting over the S Pacific
Pitcairn Island is a wonderfully unique
place, rich in history and adventure. Inhabitants are warm and friendly to
we outsiders and one another, they operate as a large cooperative. Public
meetings dictate internal policy and the nature of goods inbound on tri-
monthly deliveries via supply ship. A great deal of their sustenance comes
from gardens slotted into the lush landscape yet most resources have to be
imported. The island is without an external transit network and relying on
shipments from New Zealand can sometimes fall foul to rough ocean
conditions. Vessels stop when conditions allow and the Pitcairners use their
longboats to bring goods ashore. It's not uncommon for supply boats to sail
right past the island laden with the seasonal shipment: In which case
everyone must wait until the vessel is heading back to New Zealand and hope
for calm seas.
|High Seas manana
7 Jul, 05 - 11:16
During our stay on Pitcairn construction
has been moving along on a quay. Constant swells have pounded the existing
jetty almost to break point and revision is necessary. Ironically the
construction crew has also been searching out rock on the island but to blow
it up for ballast; luckily our paths only cross socially and their rocks are
much smaller. Plans for a breakwater are already being drawn and more rock
will suffer. Suggestions were made to the crew on the angle and features of
a possible quarry, who knows a future custom cliff?
11 Jul, 05 - 16:28
White sand beaches, adding crags would form utopia. Greg tries wakeboarding. Swiming with Ramora
French Polynesia is quite the contrast to
Pitcairn, back in the realm of pearl farming instead of a subsistence
existence. The journey was free of seasickness entirely pleasant compared to