The Bounty mutineers and their descendants on Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn is a small volcanic island rising abruptly out of the deep waters of the eastern South Pacific Ocean. The nearest inhabited centres are Easter Island 1,770 km to the east, and the Gambier Islands 480 km to the northwest. The island is cliff-bound and open to full ocean swell, limiting access to the island to small boats capable of negotiating the surf. There is no safe anchorage and little flat land, indeed the island lacks almost every convenience conducive to settlement.
But in January 1790 a small British naval vessel arrived at Pitcairn carrying 28 people aboard – His Majesty’s Armed Vessel Bounty.