Descendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty on Pitcairn Island Part 3
About the desendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty on Pitcairn Island led by Fletcher Christian in an effort to build a utopia, how they live now.
Descendants of the Bounty Mutineers on Pitcairn Island
It is not easy to arrange a visit to Pitcairn. Would-be tourists wishing to stay more than 24 hours must have approval from the island council and from the British governor in Auckland, New Zealand. Even if approval is granted, it takes months to process. Ian M. Ball, an Australian-born newspaper correspondent, succeeded in obtaining permission for a visit in 1972. In his book Pitcairn: Children of Mutiny, there are some observations on the lifestyle of "what is probably our planet's most remote inhabited island."
Ball wrote, "The social life revolves around one thing: food." He counted 42 different dishes on the table at a birthday party he attended soon after his arrival. It was the 1st of about a dozen feasts to which the Balls and their 3 children were invited during their month-long stay. There was goat meat and chicken; canned bully beef and tongue imported from New Zealand; and cold canned spaghetti, set out on the buffet table, label and all. Dishes of pickfish, an island product, appeared side by side with cans of sardines from Portugal. Side dishes included Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, string beans, peas, cabbage, pickled onions, stewed tomatoes, boiled carrots, bananas, baked pumpkin, and baked beans. A variety of salads, all with the same dressing, were flanked by bread and biscuits, home-baked in stone ovens. And then there were the desserts, all placed on the table along with the 1st course--pumpkin pies baked in square pans made by the menfolk from flattened-out tin containers, fruit gelatins, and assorted cakes, buns, and cookies. Fresh fruit was missing, probably because it is too common in daily life to be used on festive occasions. Also missing were dairy products. Pitcairners have no taste for cheese and milk. Water is their favorite drink.
The party guests, well scrubbed and neatly dressed, ranged in age from 11 months to 80 years. They chatted excitedly with relatives they had been with most of the day. Talk was primarily about food. The host called for silence, then intoned a solemn blessing. After a hearty "Amen" from everyone in the room, the host yelled, "Now get tah it! Make sure yawley get enough!"
Pitcairn's post office, courthouse, church, and small dispensary are grouped together on the public square. Also in the square are the only 2 pieces of Bounty memorabilia on public display: the Bounty's 12' stern anchor and the "Bounty Bible." Actually it is not the ship's Bible but the one Christian's mother gave him, and the same one John Adams retrieved from Christian's sea chest. It is the most revered relic on the island.
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