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Bounty Bay - Pitcairn

Visited by RFA Brown Ranger en route Auckland to Tahiti and Panama and Gosport.
August 1974

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Thanks for George, and interesting shot and being black & white no one can start to argue about the whereabouts of the red tractor and the blue tractor... although as it is 1974, I guess neither were around then. ;)
 

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Passed the island a couple of times but never had the good fortune to go ashore. Must have been a novel experience. Interesting times on Pitcairn now as a large proportion of the menfolk are in deep poo over child molestation accusations.

John T.
 

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We stopped off in the NZCo's Otaio some time in 1966 with drums of fuel, a prefab post-office and a little red tractor. Have some slides of the Pitcairners on board ship, somewhere.
Remember that one islander fell off the pilot ladder back into their long boat and broke his leg, the ships doctor set it in plaster and wanted the man to remain on the ship but he returned ashore.
Big trade in coca cola for fresh fruit but we were warned not to eat the fruit as it had the same effect as epson salts due to the high level of minerals in the soil.
 

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The bananas were nice and sweet which could be brought for a couple of torch batteries.

In regards to the sex problems that have been in the headline of recent times it was going on when I visited the island in 65 on the Corinthic.

There was one guy they couldnt leave ashore as he used to rape and pilage any female left behind.

The islanders would sign a hymn from their long boats as we moved away.

I still have a carved flying fish I brough there. Wife hates it so its hidden from view.
 

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Nice shot George. The RFA has been there a few times over the years last was Brambleleaf i think late 90s.
Mick S
 

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Did a mercy mission call there in 1968, when on Port Albany, one of the islanders smashed his hip as we had a doctor aboard working his passage to the States we went to his aid. We were all treated as honoured guests all fruit was given freely in exchange for stores etc, as Slow Starvation supply ship had been delayed. Like Raybnz I've also got the oblgatory carved flying fish somewhere.
Rgds
 

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