• (Top) Christian’s cave. It is said that this is where the lead mutineer
watched for approaching ships and hid from the other settlers when he
needed to. (Right) The Landing and Bounty Bay — where the HMS Bounty
lies — from the Small Edge. The mutineers burned and sank the ship (there
was no other place to hide it) and founded a village. John Adams was the
last surviving settler; he converted the women and children to Christianity.
They lived this way for 24 years before being rediscovered by the British,
who allowed the community to continue.
• Bounty Bay and the large pinnacle outcropping known as Ships Landing Point. In
1838, Pitcairn became the first British colonial island in the Pacific and is now the
only staunch reminder of the Royal Navy’s reign in that region. The water around
Pitcairn, among the cleanest in the world, is about 70 feet deep in this photo.