Pitcairn does not have an airport, no air transport of any kind.  Because of this, the island has always relied on ships to bring supplies that cannot be obtained locally, as well as transporting people to and from Pitcairn, and especially in emergency evacuations.  From the time of the whalers until now, ships have always been Pitcairn Islands lifeblood.

Below:  Ships are one thing, but nothing could be done if it were not for the trustworthy Pitcairn Island longboats.

            In the 19th century, Pitcairners traded with visiting ships, usually whalers and clipper ships, and as the 20th century dawned and the Panama Canal opened, passenger vessels also became a source of trading.  Right up until today passengers ships stop at Pitcairn, providing the opportunity for the locals to profit by trading goods with the occupants of the ships.  Pitcairn also gets visited by small craft such as yachts.

Below:  After the Panama Canal, Pitcairn got many visitors.  Here are a couple of longboats visiting the passenger vessel Remuera.

Below:  One of Pitcairns most popular passenger ships, the late Saga Rose.

Below:  The Picton castle, a sailing ship that stops often at Pitcairn when they cross the Pacific.

            Supplies to Pitcairn have in the 20th century been brought by regular “supply ships.”  Throughout the end of the 20th century this was provided by ships of the Blue Star Line, which sadly ended at the turn of the millennium.  Since then, several different ships have filled that demand, the current being the vessel Claymore II.

Below:  Unloading supplies from the Claymore II.