MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY III
Forty-six of the 49 residents of Pitcairn Island are seen approaching the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony, where they set up their tables and sold their stamps and wooden carvings. The island is too small to allow passengers from cruise ships to actually traipse around and explore the island on their own.
The South Pacific island is one of the most isolated spots in the world, 6300 km (3900 miles) west of the coast of Chile, 5310km (3300 miles) north of New Zealand, and 2100 km (1300 miles) east of Tahiti. Five square km (two square miles) in area, it is a virtual speck of dust in an ocean spanning 181 million square kilometers (70 million square miles).
The notoriety of the Pitcairn Island is traced back to the most famous mutiny on the high seas, when in 1789 the British ship HMS Bounty was seized by a group of mutineers led by Master Mate, Fletcher Christian, and his vagabond group of 15. The master of the ship, Captain William Bligh, and the group of his loyalists were set adrift on a 8 meter (30-foot) boat with minimal provisions. The mutineers, with their common law wives from Tahiti, along with a small group of male Tahitians in tow, settled the island, and began to multiply… and also began to quarrel among themselves. The 180 mile discrepancy in the navigation maps prevailing at the time, and the island's miniscule size, they hoped, would be more than enough to throw British Naval ships off their trail, especially after they went on to set fire and scuttle the Bounty. Meanwhile, Bligh succeeded in steering his boat to East Timor, 6500 km (4000 miles) to the west. Subsequently, he returned to England, reported the mutiny, and unleashed the British Navy’s worldwide hunt for the mutineers.
During the 20th century five different versions of the film, “Mutiny on the Bounty,” were produced. In the more memorable versions (1935, 1962 and 1984) Christian Fletcher was played by the immensely talented and dashing Hollywood idols, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson; and William Bligh, by an equally talented trio of character actors, Charles Laughton, Trevor Howard and Anthony Hopkins, respectively. (The last of the films even had the aging Sir Lawrence Olivier playing the presiding judge in the absentee court martial of the mutineers.) These iconic actors are seen in the accompanying workshop. In all three versions of the film Christian is characterized as a young gentleman naval officer, kind and caring to his men, forced to practice noblesse oblige. To save his men he is forced into taking over command against a ruthless and cruel captain who relished the application of torture. And he has already revealed to his fellow officers his personal modus operandi, infect the men with fear, “Fear is your best ally!”
In an alternate interpretation of the incident, the mutineers, including Christian, find the tropical beauty of Tahiti and its beautiful women irresistibly seductive. They do not want to leave Paradise, and Christian is the young and reckless adventurer acting impetuously. Moreover, it is Bligh’s extraordinary navigational skills that saves every one of his loyalists as he leads them to safety against impossible odds. And it remains that the British Navy rewarded him by promoting him to the rank of Admiral, and gave him a new ship to command. The truth behind the mutiny may never be fully known. After retiring from the Royal Navy, Bligh returned to Australia and became a politician in New South Wales, serving as the 4th Governor of the State of New South Wales.
The meticulously crafted replica of the Bounty, created expressly for the 1962 film — and used again in the 1984 version, as well as in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” starring Johnny Depp (2003) — was still sailing fifty years later. But the replica of the 18th century rigger became a casualty of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012, capsizing in 5.5 m (18-foot) waves as it was being repositioned from New England to the relative safety of North Carolina. One of the two drowning victims of the 15-man crew sailing the ship was Claudene Christian, a great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian.
Several families with the surname "Christian" were among the residents, descendents of Fletcher Christian, who visited the Symphony. Only eight children live on the island, and education is provided through the grades 1-8. Those who desire further education are sent to New Zealand. A poignant comment came from a woman who mused that her child had met another child her own age (a passenger on the Symphony) for the first time in her life. Mail is picked up four times a year, and the next pick-up was scheduled for March. But the mail with the very rare Pitcairn Island stamps are considered highly collectable by philatelists.
I recently learned from Chris Jules that a direct descendent of Captain Bligh, Anna Maria Bligh (born 14 July 1960), is an Australian politician. She served as the 37th Governor of the State New South Wales (in a post that her distant ancestor had served as the 4th Governor). I also heard from Noel Bryne that another of Captain Bligh's descendents actually lives in his home town near Dublin: "... he was once the owner of a local bar called the 'Bounty bar!' One of the most popular in the town!"
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icesurfer (572) 2014-02-24 14:47
An extremely informative note, and a great shot too: well-framed, from a perfect POV and very good sharpness in spite of the distance.
Plus, you rarely get almost the 94% of an island's whole population into a single picture!
emilbo (22616) 2014-02-24 16:57
Ta photo représente bien ce que j'ai vu souvent dans le Sud. Des bateaux trop chargés, pas de veste de sécurité, surprenant qu'il n'y ait pas plus d'accidents. Excellente composition en diagonale et parfait rendu des couleurs. Excellente note et plutôt rare de voir presque toute la population d'une île sur un seul bateau.
J'ai voulu voir en grand.
Tous mes compliments,
drweizy (540) 2014-02-25 1:00
good ship, nice people
jhm (155358) 2014-02-25 2:43
Thank you very much for your interesting notes, we get again a small book to read.
Your picture is very well taken with a excellent clarity.
These picture is an unique almost all the inhabitants of the Island on one picture.
Excellent composition and lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
snunney (101748) 2014-02-25 3:00
A motley crew one might say:-) They must lead a rather lonely life. I wonder what they feel about their ancestors who were in effect responsible for their fate? Interesting and very well presented documentary composition.
serp2000 (44726) 2014-02-25 4:29
Hello, dear Bulent,
Original title and very informative note and good illustration of your words. And when I saw the thumbnail I thought it's a rescue operation ;) So this boat looks very simple and light.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-25 5:58
questa immagine mi ha fatto tornare alla mente quelli che erano gli incontri che faceva il Capitale Cook nei suoi viaggi di esplorazione, quando avvicinandosi alle terre emerse gli isolani spesso si avvicinavano alla sua nave per cercare di capire le intenzioni di chi si accostava alla loro terra. A vole si avvicinavano con intenti amichevoli e a volte con altre intenzioni ben più ostili.
Questa tua foto mi sembra la versione moderna di questi eventi. Al posto delle piccole navi fatte di legno c'è una grossa nave da crociera ed al posto delle piccle piroghe ci sono barche poco più grandi ma lo spirito è lo stesso e lo hai colto in maniera magnifica.
OLtretutto sono eccellenti i colori e la composizione, ma quello che risalta in maniera particolare è il sentimento che muove questa gente.
Un momento di particolare rarità colto in maniera eccezionale.
Complimenti per questa documentazione di eccezionale rarità e nello stesso tempo di particolare suggestione.
Cioa e buona giornata
saxo042 (37902) 2014-02-25 7:20
A very interesting and long note to this pleasant picture. The people add many nice colours and the boat itself is well positioned along the diagonal across the very blue water.
Graal (103034) 2014-02-25 7:21
nice view of ship with passengers. Good shot. Also interesting comment in note and complementary WS. Very good presentation.
Have a nice evening.
photoray (13981) 2014-02-25 8:13
A fine candid view of the Bounty descendants crammed into one antique boat on approach.
And an excellent historical note - past and present.
But I am sad to hear the tragic end of the HMS Bounty replica and those lives.
Didi (60588) 2014-02-25 8:31
Hi My Friend
Very interesting scene but the boat is over occuped
No lifeguard on each tourist and the river looks rough
The water is very clean
ikeharel (73559) 2014-02-25 13:08
First thought that crossed my mind, when opened the thumbernail, is about a refugees boat crossed from Africa to Europe.
Relived whe red the note, and saw the pic. in close.
Waving at you, tourists seem happy and content seeing you with the camera.
Nice moment taken well.beautiful blue water-color.
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-26 1:44
Difficult to say what is better, your excellent introductory note or this beautiful photo. Both are excellent. Thanks to passing it to us. I've read lot of about this story and have also seen the movie. This photo is superb, crowded boat on beautiful blue water, just perfect. The view down is very good. I like to see so many smiling faces. Excellent post.
The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
Wish you a very nice rest of the week.
danos (99890) 2014-02-27 8:44
nice the view as the presentation of the boat as is placed perfect in the frame with all these residents of the island to passing by in front of the Crystal Symphony as your lens too.I like the excellent quality of the scene as the brilliant light and the colour management of the scene.
Your note is very informative.
Sonata11 (33969) 2014-02-27 9:10
I'm very sorry for my late response, but recently I'm very busy. I want to thank you so much for visiting and comments. This is very beautiful picture of moment you capture. Excellent presentation. Perfectly well done. Like it a lot.
Best regard, Barbara
papagolf21 (103874) 2014-03-01 0:19
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Inutile de paraphraser les commentaires élogieux à propos de cette composition.
La version large est criante de vérité et d'inquiétude à propos de la sécurité des occupants.
Une note étonnante et toujours riche en information.
Nicou (145264) 2014-03-01 5:43
Elle est très bien chargée cette barque quelle compo et vue supperbe tous ces personnage en couleur avec le bleu et le blanc de la mer merveilleux.
Bravo et belle journée
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-01 5:49
Hello Bulent - While it's a lovely photograph with lots of life and energy, your extensive history of the Bounty, the Islands, and their place in modern culture is what really impresses me even more here. Thanks for filling in these gaps in my own knowledge; I had no idea, for example, that a replica Bounty had been used so often in film, and certainly hadn't heard of it and part of its crew's untimely demise during Sandy. Thanks for this, and it sounds like you had a wonderful and unusual trip!
worldcitizen (8860) 2014-03-01 9:26
While this might look like a group of ordinary people, they are actually a rare bunch! There are certainly very few who can claim to be from Pitcairn Island, and it's interesting to see them approaching your ship. Some are waving, others are calmly sitting, and I really like the man in front, who isn't wearing a shirt, and seems happy to be greeting you and showing off his tattoos. Did you actually speak to these descendants? Do they often board cruise ships to greet the passengers?
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-01 10:23
There is so much history among those people although I'm not sure if they are proud or not of their descendants, but they look happy and that's all that counts. Good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.
Most if not all of my airplanes were taken during final landing approach or during take-offs. Because most of them don't have point of reference it looks like I'm also flying but all of them were taken from the ground. I'm lucky to be living near an air force base that is active training base. In fact there's another Red Flag Exercise starting Monday, March 3, 2014 with units from Belgium and Saudi Arabia also participating.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-03-02 6:02
Hello dear Bulent,
Beautiful scene well captured and very interesting note,as usual . Well done!
Have a nice sunday and kisses to family.
m (0) 2014-03-02 11:34
I see you don't like ships spoiling the horizon, well, here's an excellent close-up:)
Great capture of the boat in the azure sea and perfect diagonal position. Interesting note too.
Thanks and best wishes!
delpeoples (58842) 2014-03-03 1:44
Merhaba dear Bulent
What a great shot, it's so sharp, especially given that both you and the other boat were moving at pace. I love the vibrant colours and the references to the fascinating history of Pitcairn. Did you ever see the movie Bounty with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Bligh? A very enjoyable movie.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
emka (100959) 2014-03-04 12:07
Hi again, Fine and amusing photo. Almost all the population of this island came to welcome you! Incredible such a portrait of almost all people from the island. What about the remaining three? They do not like Polynesian, rather like white people. I guess that the Crystal Symphony was a great attraction in their lone life and what an experience for you.
Very interesting note.
Warm regrads MAlgo
ChrisJ (116108) 2014-03-08 10:58
A good angled downward pov on the boat choc full of welcoming descendants of the original Mutineers. Their colourful attire contrasts sharply with the deep blue sea. Excellent sharpness and framing with breathing space right around. Tfs!
Mics (980) 2014-03-11 0:24
Dear Prof. Bulent,
As always, thanks for your very informative note. This one is a very fine, candid shot. You always give us something to be so curious about. :-)
Have a nice day!
mcmtanyel (24581) 2014-03-13 14:56
Iyi Akşamlar Bülent Bey,
An interesting note with a colorful photo. The deep blue of the ocean is balanced by the multicolored garments of the passengers. An interesting boat, too.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39289)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: , Nikkor 70-210 f4.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-24 14:34