The Adventist Missionary Schooner ‘Pitcairn’

The Pitcairn was a schooner built in 1890 for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for use in missionary work in the South Pacific. A conservative Protestant Christian body of some 10 million members worldwide, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination has, since its founding in 1863, practiced the biblical injunction to carry the gospel message “to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.” After six missionary voyages, the schooner … Continue reading The Adventist Missionary Schooner ‘Pitcairn’

Mutiny on HMAV Bounty

The British ship Bounty and the famous mutiny have been mentioned several times on A Stamp A Day, most significantly in stamp-issuer articles about Pitcairn and Norfolk islands as well as one about the death of Captain Bligh himself. It is a subject that has fascinated me since reading Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s Bounty Trilogy as a child, resulting in Pitcairn Island comprising … Continue reading Mutiny on HMAV Bounty

The Death of Captain Bligh

Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of William Bligh, best kbown as the British Royal Navy officer in command of HMAV Bounty during the mutiny aboard that ship in 1789. After being set adrift in Bounty‘s> launch by the mutineers, Bligh and his loyal men reached Timor, a journey of 3,618 nautical miles (4,164 miles or 6,701 kilometers). Seventeen years after the Bounty mutiny, on August 13, … Continue reading The Death of Captain Bligh

Pitcairn Islands #6 (1940)

Pitcairn Islands #6 (1940)

The Pitcairn Islands (Pitkern Ailen in Pitkern) is officially called Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands. They form the southeasternmost extension of the geological archipelago of the Tuamotus of French Polynesia, consisting of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean: Pitcairn Island, Oeno Island (an atoll with five islets, one of which is Sandy Island), Henderson Island and Ducie Island (an atoll with four islets). … Continue reading Pitcairn Islands #6 (1940)