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"Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffet has been given land on a South Pacific island after discovering one of his sea-faring ancestors was one of the first Westerners to live there in the 19th century. Buffett, himself a keen sailor, was given the land on Norfolk Island while he was tracing his family history.
The singer discovered that one ancestor, John Buffet, gave up his career as a whaler when he discovered Pitcairn Island and swam ashore to join many of the mutineers from the HMS Bounty.
# I was looking through some family home video last night and came across this short segment (About 8MB to download and 90 seconds of video, wmv format) that features a Bounty replica that we visited in Auckland I think. It would have been taken somewhere between 1976 and 1982 I guess. Possibly 1979ish judging by my age in the video (I'm the skinny blond boy :-). My Mum and sister are the other two by the wheel of the Bounty. The quality is not great. It was originally filmed on 'Super 8' and transferred to VHS about 15 years ago. I copied the 15 year old tape to digital video and then converted it to a video file. So it's been through a few conversions.
Pitcairn is an extinct, but young, volcano. Since the 1970s, geologists had suspected that this volcano was at the active end of a hotspot chain that included the Gambier and Duke of Gloucester Islands to the northwest. In 1989 sonar maps of the sea floor confirmed this theory with the discovery of two active submarine volcanoes about 100 km (60 mi) southeast of Pitcairn. One of these rises within 60 m (200 ft) of sea level-close enough to roil the water during an eruption. So beware, Hokule`a!
# From Meralda comes news that Darralyn is back in hospital. When her dressing was redone they discovered a deep infection in the arm. From the Xray they also discovered the ball of the bone is not sitting right in the socket. According to Meralda's email, Darralyn is being admitted to the hospital and is awaiting surgery. Hang in there Darralyn, I'm sure all the thoughts and prayers of the friends of Pitcairn everywhere are with you.
# A plea for help from the South Pacific. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about he plight of Darralyn. There is a borough in Pittsburgh called Pitcairn, apparently named after a relation of the Robert Pitcairn that the Island was named after.
A California organization is asking residents of economically distressed Pitcairn to help a woman 5,550 miles away on economically deprived Pitcairn Island.
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