SHIPPING: PITCAIRNS LIFEBLOOD
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.