• (Left) A longboat called the Barge in 1946. Pitcairn relies on shipping for survival, as everything not produced on the island comes by sea and is then brought ashore.
The residents built their own wood boats up until 1983 and the last was retired in 1995. (Right) There are currently two aluminum boats being used that were built to the
islanders’ specifications in New Zealand, named Tub and Moss. The island population peaked at 233 back in 1937 and now hovers at around 50.
• Thursday October Christian II, estimated to be around 90 in this photo, in front of his house in 1899.
The diminutive isle (two by one mile) is the only Pitcairn Island of the four with fresh water. Despite
modernization, electricity is limited in present-day Pitcairn and provided by diesel generators.
• A never-before-published
1898 photo of Thursday
October Christian II, grandson
of Fletcher Christian and
son of Thursday October
Christian I. Fletcher Christian
didn’t want his son to bear
an English name, hence this
unusual one based on his
birth date. There was a snag,
however. The Bounty crossed
the International Date Line,
meaning Thursday’s name
should have been Friday, which
is the way he is identified on a
Pitcairn Island stamp.