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Transportation to Pitcairn Island

Saga Holidays big cruise ship Saga Rose dwarfs the small Pitcairn longboat O'Leary lying alongside the ship deck during the vessel's call at Pitcairn Island in 1998

There is no air service to Pitcairn Island. The closest one can get to Pitcairn by air is an airstrip on the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group, which is located some 900 miles southeast of Tahiti and more than 300 miles from Pitcairn.

In the mid-to-late 1900s, about the only way one could get to Pitcairn Island, save by private boat or yacht, was to find a commercial ship from either Wellington or Auckland in New Zealand whose captain was willing to drop his passenger off at Pitcairn Island. For several decades the personnel of the Pitcairn Commissioner's office in Auckland were most helpful in finding such shipping for those desiring to visit the Island.

Not long after the 21st century began, a ship of the Stoney Creek Shipping Company (of New Zealand) began ferrying people on an irregular basis from the airstrip at Mangareva to Pitcairn. Before the end of the first decade of the new century at least one other vessel was making irregular passenger voyages to the Island.

Today, there is a regularly scheduled shipping service to Pitcairn from the airstrip at Mangareva. The passenger-cargo ship Claymore II originates a schedule each quarter that begins in the vessel's home port of Tauranga, New Zealand and voyages to Pitcairn Island with both passengers and cargo for the Island. Then through the quarter Claymore II voyages back and forth from Pitcairn to Mangareva, picking up passengers at Mangareva for Pitcairn. At the end of the quarter Claymore II travels back to New Zealand to receive new cargo for Pitcairn, and then begins its quarterly voyaging schedule again.

Here is the passenger ship service schedule to Pitcairn Island.

Feburary-March 2014
Depart Mangareva, Feb. 25
Arrive Pitcairn, Feb. 27
Depart Pitcairn, Mar.2
Arrive Mangareva, Mar. 4
Depart Mangareva, Mar.4
Arrive Pitcairn, Mar. 6
Depart Pitcairn, Mar. 9
Arrive Mangareva, Mar. 11
Depart Mangareva, Mar. 11
Arrive Pitcairn, Mar. 13
Depart Pitcairn, Mar. 16
Arrive Mangareva, Mar. 18
May - June 2014
Depart Mangareva, May 27
Arrive Pitcairn, May 29
Depart Pitcairn, Jun. 1
Arrive Mangareva, Jun 3
Depart Mangareva, Jun. 3
Arrive Pitcairn, Jun. 5
Depart Pitcairn, Jun. 8
Arrive Mangareva, Jun. 10
Depart Mangareva, Jun. 10
Arrive Pitcairn, Jun. 12
Depart Pitcairn, Jun. 15
Arrive Mangareva, Jun. 17
August - September 2014
Depart Mangareva, Aug 26
Arrive Pitcairn, Aug. 28
Depart Pitcairn, Aug. 31
Arrive Mangareva, Sep. 2
Depart Mangareva, Sep. 2
Arrive Pitcairn, Sep. 4
Depart Pitcairn, Sep. 7
Arrive Mangareva, Sep. 9
Depart Mangareva, Sep. 9
Arrive Pitcairn, Sep. 11
Depart Pitcairn, Sep. 14
Arrive Mangareva, Sep. 16
November - December 2014
Depart Mangareva, Nov. 25
Arrive Pitcairn, Nov. 27
Depart Pitcairn, Nov. 30
Arrive Mangareva, Dec. 2
Depart Mangareva, Dec. 2
Arrive Pitcairn, Dec. 4
Depart Pitcairn, Dec. 7
Arrive Mangareva, Dec. 9
Depart Mangareva, Dec. 9
Arrive Pitcairn, Dec. 11
Depart Pitcairn, Dec. 14
Arrive Mangareva, Dec. 16

An additional travel service, Pitcairn Travel, offers voyages to the Island. The 2013 schedule of this service may be seen at www.pitcairntravel.pn.

Places To Stay on Pitcairn

Check out these friendly places to stay at VisitPitcairn.pn

In addition, many people visit Pitcairn Island, usually for a few hours rather than for days or weeks, by way of a number of large cruise ships that call at the Island during what is known locally as "cruise ship season."

Cruise Ship Schedule

Here is a listing of cruise ships scheduled to call at Pitcairn in the future:

Updated: February 23, 2014

Date of Call

Ship

Island

Company

April 27, 2014     

MV Marina

Pitcairn Island

 Oceania Cruises

August 15, 2014   

MV Dawn Princess

Pitcairn Island

 Princess Cruises

October 9, 2014

MS Caledonian Sky

Pitcairn Island

Noble Caledonia

October 21, 2014

MS Caledonian Sky 

Pitcairn Island

Noble Caledonia

November 7, 2014  

MS Silver Explorer

Pitcairn Island

SilverSea

November 9, 2014  

MS Silver Shadow

Pitcairn Island

SilverSea

November 29, 2014

MV Europa 

Pitcairn Island

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

December 13, 2014 

MV Orion

Pitcairn Island

Orion Expeditions

December 28, 2014   

MV Marina

Pitcairn Island

Oceania Cruises

January 23, 2015

MS Albatross

Pitcairn Island

Phoenix Reisen

January 25, 2015

MS Deutschland

Pitcairn Island

Peter Deilmann Cruises

Feb. 8, 2015   

MV Crystal Serenity

Pitcairn Island

Crystal Cruises

February 13, 2015 

MV Aurora 

Pitcairn Island

P&O Cruises

February 24, 2015 

MV Costa Deliziosa

Pitcairn Island

Costa Cruises

March 15, 2015  

MS Amadea

Pitcairn Island

Phoenix Reisen

April 3, 2015

MV Marina

Pitcairn Island

Oceania Cruises

August 19, 2015   

MV Sea Princess   

Pitcairn Island

Princess Cruises

December 22, 2015 

MS Caledonian Sky 

Pitcairn Island

Noble Caledonia

January 23, 2016

MS Albatross      

Pitcairn Island

Phoenix Reisen

The Ships That Call at Pitcairn

With each vessel that calls at Pitcairn Island, whether it be it a huge, multi-deck "ro-ro" (roll-on, roll-off) ship carrying thousands of automobiles, a small sailing yacht, or a thousand-passenger cruise ship, there is always accompanying interest, even excitement among the Pitcairn people; a visitor has come! And the questions begin: "What country is this ship coming from?" "What is its cargo?" "Who is its captain or skipper?" "Where place is it bound for?" "Is there a chance we can offer our island crafts and products for sale on board the ship?" "Will the captain allow his passengers to come ashore for an island visit?" "Are there surplus items s on board the ship we need and can purchase?" "Is this the first of on-going calls the ship will be making at Pitcairn, or is this a "this-time-only" call? . . . the questions are many and the answer to each one is important to the survival of Pitcairn Island.

Thanks to the excellent photography of Pitcairner Brian Young (some of it obtained under extremely difficult weather and sea conditions), the Pitcairn Islands Study Center is able to present the following photographic log of ships that have called at the island in the recent past.

  • March 17, 2014, residence cruise ship The World
    The giant, continuously cruising residence ship The World, 43,524 gross tons, called at Pitcairn Island on March 17, 2014, with 130 plus resident families and a crew of 250 aboard. Sea conditions alongside the ship were quite rough so not all those on board were able to come ashore and enjoy Pitcairn's world-famous hospitality. The ship made use of its own Zodiac boats to land those who were adventurous enough to go ashore, reported Pitcairner Brian Young. The World calls itself "the largest privately owned yacht on the planet." Its residents, from about 19 countries, travel the world continuously, usually staying at ports of call for three days. All residents have a say in the ever-changing itinerary of the ship, expedition options and onboard activities and issues. Residents have the ability to travel the globe without leaving the comforts of home. The World was launched in March 2002. Her length is 644 feet, with a beam of almost 98 feet and a speed of 18.5 knots (just over 21 miles per hour. MS The World is operated by residenSea out of Miramar, Florida.
  • March 8, 2014, French yacht Funambvle   -   French yacht Grey Pearl.
    With a family of four aboard, the French yacht Funambvle called at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island on March 8, 2014. The family visited on Pitcairn until March 10, and departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, but with a stop at Pitcairn's sister island of Oeno before proceeding to Mangareva.

    The 16-meter French yacht Grey Pearl showed its sail off Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island, on March 8, 2014, with a family of three on board. Along with the yacht Funambvle, Grey Pearl was anchored off Bounty Bay for a two-day visit on the Island. On the 10th, along with Funambvle, Grey Pearl upped anchor and headed for Oeno Island before sailing onward to Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
  • February 25, 2014, Fred Olsen line cruise ship Black Watch
    It was a "black day" for Pitcairn islanders when the cruise ship Black Watch passed close by the island. The reason for the blackness of the day was that Black Watch's captain decided not to stop and let the Pitcairners come aboard to trade their interesting crafts and other items with passengers. Despite radio entreaties to him to stop even for a short time so the islanders could come aboard and offer the many items they had prepared, it was of no interest to this captain. With over 600 passengers on board the ship plus at least half as many crew members, the captain's decision was a great loss to the Pitcairners. The ship arrived at about 9 a.m., from Easter Island, cruised at slow speed once around the island, and then headed northwestward for Tahiti.
  • February 25, 2014, Russian yacht Noseaa
    The Russian yacht Noseaa, from Easter Island and bound for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, called at Pitcairn on February 25, her crew of three, one Russian and two Chileans, spending a pleasant day ashore. In the late afternoon of Noseaa's call, the wind started to increase and the yacht started to drag her anchor, always a potentially dangerous matter in the waters around Pitcairn. Fortunately one of the crew was aboard the yacht at the time and he was able to remedy the problem. Late in the evening the Noseaa upped anchor and got under way for Mangareva to the northwest from Pitcairn.
  • February 24, 2014, Chilean fishing boat Vali
    Late in the evening of February 24, the Chilean fishing boat Vali, Captain Carlos, on her maiden voyage from China to Punta Arenas, Chile, sailed very close by Pitcairn's Bounty Bay. Night-time conditions prevented the ship from stopping as she passed very close to Pitcairn. Vali has a crew of six.
  • February 16, 2014, Cruise ship Queen Victoria
    In good weather on February 16, the 90,000-ton cruise ship Queen Victoria called at Pitcairn at 8 a.m., from Easter Island with 1,690 passengers and a crew of 1,000 on board. The ship was at Pitcairn for four hours during which time trading by the Pitcairners with passengers and crew was brisk, and profitable. During the trading period, the ship cruised slowly around the island twice. "This was a very friendly ship," said an islander, "with the crew being helpful to the Pitcairners in carrying boxes and baskets of trade goods up from the Pitcairn longboats to where trading was permitted on the ship." When the Pitcairners left the ship at around midday, she moved away to the northwest setting her course for Tahiti."
  • February 8, 2014, Cruise ship Pacific Princess
    Under weather that was rain showers and thunder-filled, but with light to moderate sea conditions, the 30,277-ton cruise ship Pacific Princess arrived at 9:30 a.m., off Pitcairn Island from Easter Island on February 8 with 629 passengers on board. The ship did not anchor but made a full, extended turn around the island which allowed the Pitcairners to come aboard for some three hours of trading and selling of island crafts and curios. Pitcairn's longboat Tub had engine trouble in attempting to reach the ship, so the second boat, Tin, after putting its passengers aboard Pacific Princess, came to the rescue. Tin returned to where Tub was dead in the water a mile off the north side of Pitcairn, took her in tow and saw to her being safely anchored just off the Pitcairn harbor. Tin then returned to Pacific Princess and retrieved the Pitcairners who had been on board the cruise ship selling island items. Shortly after Tin left the side of the ship, Pacific Princess left the Pitcairn area, her bow pointed northwesterly for Tahiti. The seven-deck Pacific Princess, owned by Princess Cruises, was launched in 1999 at St. Nazaire, France. She is registered in Great Britain.
  • January 29, 2014, three-masted sailing bark Picton Castle
    In fair weather on January 29, 2014, the three-masted sailing barque Picton Castle, a veteran Pitcairn Island caller, arrived at the Island from Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Aboard this one of the last vestiges of the era of sailing ships was Captain Danny Moreland and a crew of 23. The ship brought lumber and boxes for both the Island government and for individuals living on Pitcairn. After anchoring off Bounty Bay, the ship's crew came ashore in rotation for a couple of nights ashore. Though Captain Moreland planned for a stay of only four days at Pitcairn, the length of earlier visits of the ship have often exceeded the captain's expectations. Picton Castle is registered in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, and is owned and operated by the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company, Ltd. The ship's mission is deep-ocean sail training and long-distance education. Also, she carries supplies and educational materials to far-flung islands in the South Pacific. Her North American homeport is Lumenburg, Nova Scotia.
  • January 24, 2014, Cruise ship MS Amsterdam
    In good weather on the morning of January 24, the MS Amsterdam arrived at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island, her previous port of call. Some 990 passengers and a crew of 670 were on the ship as she cruised around the island for three hours while the Pitcairn islanders, who had come on board, were able to conduct a brisk time of selling and trading with the passengers on the ship's Lido deck. When the Pitcairners had disembarked to return to their island homes, Amsterdam pointed her bow northwestward and got under way for the island of Tahiti. Amsterdam made her maiden voyage in October of 2000; her length is 777.6 feet, and she has a beam of 105.8 feet. She ship is comprised of 12 decks, and travels the ocean at 25 knots, or about 29 miles per hour.
  • January 16, 2014, Cruise ship Crystal Symphony
    In good weather shortly before 8 a.m., on Thursday, January 16, the 50,000-ton cruise ship Crystal Symphony having sailed from Easter Island, came to anchor just off Pitcairn Island for a day of trading and visiting with the Pitcairn people. Aboard the Crystal Cruises' vessel when she arrived were some 700 passengers and a crew of 600. "Good trading and a great lunch (for the Pitcairners) was put on by the ship, and enjoyed by all who went on board from the Island," writes Pitcairn Brian Young who took this picture of the ship from one of Pitcairn's longboats. At three o'clock in the afternoon as the ship prepared to depart for Moorea, the islanders broke into the singing of their traditional farewell songs: the hymn, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and the Pitcairn "Goodbye Song." Crystal Symphony was launched in 1995, with a Bahamas registry. She is 782 feet in length, and has a beam of 99 feet.
  • January 12, 2014, RoRo ship Talisman
    The giant, 67,140-ton, roll on-roll off, vehicle-carrying ship Talisman was on its way from Panama to Auckland, New Zealand, and might well have been on a very tight schedule because it did not stop at Pitcairn, passing just one mile north of Adamstown. Though contacted by vhs radio while the ship was 20 miles from Pitcairn, she chose not to stop, though many of her sister ships of the Wilhelmsen line have been Pitcairn callers in the past. Talisman is 240 meters in length (about 787 feet) and has a beam of 32 meters (just over 104 feet), and has eight decks. The vessel was built in Korea in 2011, and has a Norwegian registry.
  • January 8, 2014, Cruise ship Marina
    The 66,084 ton cruise ship Marina, sailing from Easter Island to Tahiti, called at Pitcairn in the early morning hours with some 1,240 passengers and a crew of 800 on board. The sleek-looking vessel came to anchor off Pitcairn's Ginger Valley at just before 9 a.m., and although the ship's passengers were not allowed to come ashore because of moderately rough weather, the Pitcairners were allowed to come aboard the vessel and sale or trade their fine crafts and curios to the passengers. By all reports, it was a good sales day for the islanders , most of them coming ashore from the ship with empty bags, as one Pitcairner put it. At 3 p.m., Marina hoisted her hook and set her course northwestward for the isle of Tahiti. Built in 2011, the 785-foot long Marina has a beam of 105 feet, 11 guest decks, cruises at 20 knots, and has a Marshall Islands registry.
  • December 28, 2013, tug boat LEBU
    On December 28, 2013, at midday, the powerful, sea-going tug boat LEBU with five persons aboard made her appearance off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island. According to Island sources, LEBU is a brand new vessel, and was making its way from China to Chile in connection with its call at Pitcairn. LEBU is registered in Kingston, Jamaica. She anchored for two hours off the Island, but during that time no one from the vessel came ashore. In early afternoon LEBU took her departure from Pitcairn for Chile.
  • December 16, 2013, yacht Attila
    The sloop-rigged, 34-foot yacht Attila arrived at Pitcairn Island on December 16, 2013, after a voyage of some 70 days from Panama. Two people were on board the vessel which was flying the flag of Hungary. After a visit on the island and an overnight anchorage off the island, Attila departed for December 17 for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group.
  • November 17, 2013, Cruise ship Costa Neo Romantica.
    On November 17, 2013, the 57,100-ton Italian cruise ship Costa Neo Romantica called at Pitcairn. But call was all she did. Only six officials of Pitcairn Island were allowed on board the ship, a great disappointment to the islanders who were ready and hoping to sell their crafts and other items of interest on board the ship. There were more than 1,400 passengers and a crew of 622 crew members on the ship which arrived at 10 a.m. in good weather. A Pitcairn-crafted model of H.M.S. Bounty and a plaque were presented to the ship by Pitcairn officials. The Costa Neo Romantica's previous call before Pitcairn had been at Easter Island, and she was bound for Tahiti. Launched in 1993, this cruise ship is of Italian registry, has 11 decks, is 719 feet in length, with a beam of 105 feet, and ploughs the seas at 18.5 knots.
  • October 28, 2013, Super yacht Ohana.
    After what one passenger aboard described as "a horrendous six-day battle with headwinds" from Tahiti to Pitcairn Island, the 163-foot super yacht Ohana arrived off Bounty Bay on October 28, and went to anchor off The Rope. With a crew of nine and passengers for Pitcairn, the vessel made only a brief stop at the island before making sail in the evening of the 28th for Easter Island, and then proceeding on to Panama. Built in New Zealand in 2012, the 370 ton Ohana is described as "a magnificent vessel with capacity for accommodating 10 passengers." In addition to sail, the yacht is powered by a Caterpillar C32 ACERT (1400 BHP) engine, that allows her to achieve a maximum speed of 18 knots with a 12-knot average.
  • October 17, 2013, Sailing vessel Da Boat  -   October 17, 2013 Yacht Coccinelle.
    The French yacht Da Boat called at Pitcairn on October 17, anchoring in Bounty Bay after the more than 300-mile voyage from her last port of call.. The four persons on board the vessel came ashore to enjoy visiting various sites of interest on the island. Having come from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, Da Boat made sail on October 19 for Easter Island, from which place she would proceed on to Chile in South America.

    The yacht Coccinelle, chartered out of Mangareva, arrived at Pitcairn on October 17. The vessel did a quick turn-around, carrying Pitcairners Brenda and Mike Christian and Meralda Warren to Mangareva from which point they took the once-a-week air flight to Papeete, Tahiti. In Tahiti the three islanders represented Pitcairn Island in a large Bounty Festival. Coccinelle's captain-owner left his wife and two children in Mangareva while he did the charter from Mangarreva to Pitcairn to Mangareva.
  • August 30, 2013, � Sailing Yacht Polo Flat
    Flying the Australian flage, the 33-foot long steel-hulled yacht Polo Flat arrived in the morning at Pitcairn Island on August 30, 2013. Coming from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands with two persons on board, the yacht departed Pitcairn for Easter Island in the evening hours of her arrival day.
  • August 25, 2013, � Cargo ship Marsgracht
    In good weather Spilethoff Bevrachtingskantoor's cargo ship Marsgracht, 11,759 deadweight tons, Captain O. Nikitchenko, hove to off Pitcairn at 10 a.m., on August 25, 2013. Shortly thereafter the Netherlands-registered vessel's crew came ashore in two lots to visit and trade on the island. "This ship traded well, with lots of dunnage (timber) and odd bits coming ashore from her," reported Pitcairner Brian Young. Marsgracht was built in China, with her first sea service coming in 2011. The vessel is 142 meters long, with a beam of 19 meters, and an average speed of 12.4 knots.
  • August 3, 2013, Dutch cargo ship Floretgracht
    Spliethoff Bevrachtingskantoor's cargo ship Floretgracht called at Pitcairn Island on August 3, 2013, for a visit of a few hours on her voyage from Geelong, Australia, to Ecuador. Under the command of M. Stepanov, Master, the ship's crew of eight came ashore for a brief visit on the island. Built in China in 2012, Floretgracht is 137 meters long, with a beam of 19 meters. Her deadweight tonnage is 12,067 tons.
  • July 20, 2013, Yacht Australie
    The French yacht Australie arrived at Pitcairn Island on July 20, 2013, from the Galapagos Islands with two persons on board. The yacht arrived in good weather, however, the weather turned bad overnight, and for the next four days the yacht had to be sheltered at Tedside hoping for a break in the weather. Finally, on July 25, with the weather still bad, the Australie uped anchor and left for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
  • July 12, 2013, Sailing yacht Wind Witch  -   July 19, 2013, Sailing catamaran Saraba.
    The American sailing yacht Wind Witch with one person aboard arrived at Pitcairn on July 12, and departed on July 14. Due to the weather � a strong south wind � the vessel's skipper never got ashore. His main engine was not working so he had to depend on his sail to move the yacht. Because the yacht was anchored close to the island, upon his departure the Pitcairners had to use one of their longboats to help him get his anchor up and to tow him to safe water away from the coast. The Wind Witch was 26 days sailing from the Galapagos Islands to Pitcairn, and the skipper departed Pitcairn for Tahiti for repairs.

    With three persons on board, the Brazilian 55-foot sailing catamaran Saraba arrived at Pitcairn Island on July 19 from the island of Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. The Saraba began her return to Mangareva on July 21.
  • June 29, 2013, Sailing yacht Chateau Beaumont  -   June 29, 2013, Sailing yacht Coccinelle
    The 70-foot yacht Chateau Beaumont (left) flying the French flag with a crew of three, arrived at Pitcairn from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on June 29. Later in the day of her arrival (at about 4 p.m.), Chateau Beaumont departed for Henderson Island, one of the Pitcairn group of islands, with three Pitcairners aboard in addition to her crew. Before departing, "lots of cargo" was taken aboard the vessel to supply needs during a planned work project on Henderson.

    A 45-foot sailing vessel, calling at Pitcairn from the Galapagos Islands, Coccinelle arrived under the French flag. A family of four was aboard Coccinelle. They enjoyed an overnight visit at the island, and departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands at 3 p.m., on June 30.
  • May 23, 2013,Sailing yacht Sara Jane  -   May 24, Sailing yacht Sea Venture
    On May 23, the sailing yacht Sara Jane (left) called from Easter Island with three persons on board � a young boy and his parents. They came ashore for two days and then departed for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands on May 24.

    The Swedish-registered yacht Sea Venture (right) with six young Scandinavians on board - including Danish, Swedish and Norwegians - called on May 24 from the Galapagos Islands, and anchored first in "Rope." Alas, their anchor got stuck and they had to dive to get it untangled from the rocks. Later on they anchored in Bounty Bay in quite rough seas, but they persisted, traveling in and out from the island in an inflatable canoe when weather permitted. After a good visit with the Pitcairners, the young sailors on Sea Venture departed for Mangareva
  • May 16, 2013, super yacht Marie
    In the afternoon of May 16, the super yacht Marie, with eight persons on board, came to anchor off Bounty Bay. Sailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the Marie was bound for the Galapagos Islands. Because the sea in the bay was on the rough side, no one from the yacht came ashore. At dusk she upped-anchor and made to the east toward the Galapagos. Built in 2010, Marie is an American-owned aluminum-hull vessel of 180 feet in length.
  • April 27, 2013, French frigate Prairial (F731)
    On April 27, in rough seas and with 96 crew members on board, the French naval frigate Prairail called at Pitcairn Island from Easter Island, her last port of call. Because of the prevailing rough sea conditions, the vessel was brought to anchor at Tedside on the lee side of Pitcairn, and all crew members then came ashore to enjoy themselves. According to a Pitcairner, "A helicopter from the ship was flying around the island on both days the ship was here." A sumptuous Pitcairn dinner was served to the crew on shore on Saturday evening, and the Prairail's crew returned the favor with a barbeque lunch on Sunday before the ship departed Pitcairn for Mururoa Atoll at 4 p.m. The 2,590-ton Prairial is powered by four diesel engines that can speed her through the seas at 20 knots. Her length is 307 feet, with a beam of 14 feet. She was launched on March 16, 1991. Prairail's home port is Tahiti.
  • April 24, 2013, General cargo ship Dijksgracht
    In windy, rainy weather on April 24, the general cargo ship Dijksgracht hove to off Bounty Bay at Pitcairn Island, and the Pitcairners were welcomed aboard by Dijksgracht's Master, Douwe Hokwerda, to sell or trade their island products, crafts and curios. After having transited the Panama Canal, the 17,381-ton ship was bound for Auckland, New Zealand. Flying the flag of The Netherlands, Dijksgracth was built in 2008, has a length of 157 meters and a beam of 22 meters. "Trading was good," during the ship's three-hour stop at the island, said a Pitcairner.
  • April 17, 2013,Sailing Yacht Pacific Cool, and Sailing Yacht Hasta Luego
    With French Captain Jean Pierre and his partner on board on April 17, the sailing yacht Pacific Cool arrived off Pitcairn Island at the same time as did the sailing yacht Hasta Luego, both vessels arriving from the east, their last port of call before Pitcairn being the Galapagos Islands. Pacific Cool is an Armel 53, French-built vessel, "A very nice looking boat," said a Pitcairner. Captain Henry and one crew member were on board at the Hasta Luego's arrival off Bounty Bay. Both yachts departed Pitcairn for Mangareva island 310 miles to the west, late in the evening of April 18.
  • April 15, 2013, Catamaran My Muse
    After showing her colorful sails off Bounty Bay on the morning of April 15, the catamaran My Muse came to anchor and those on board came ashore to spend time on Pitcairn Island for several days. Those coming ashore were an unnamed husband and wife, two children, a crew member, and a dog. There was a bit of a mix-up about Pitcairn's laws as to whether dogs off calling vessels could come ashore, but that discussion took place after the dog was ashore. On the morning of April 19, My Muse lifted her sails for Mangareva in the Gambier Islands after her captain and crew having had a happy time at Pitcairn Island, home of the Bounty mutineers.
  • April 8, 2013, Yacht Nana and Catamaran Elsie
    On a voyage from Columbia, Latin America, to the Gambier Islands, the yacht Nana called at Pitcairn Island early in the morning of April 8. The vessel was anchored at Tedside in the lee of the island, and the Swedish couple on board came ashore to visit throughout the day. Nana set sail in the evening of the 8th , her course being for Mangareva in the Gambiers. Also on the 8th, the catamaran Elsie arrived at Pitcairn from an unknown earlier port of call. In "quite rough" seas Elsie also made anchorage at Tedside, and the vessel's occupants � an American couple with two children and a fifth person as crew � went ashore where they visited in the day, mostly in the Pitcairn Museum and at the Post Office. In company with the Nana, Elsie sailed to the west in the evening of April 8, looking for smoother waters.
  • April 7, 2013, The yacht Sauvage
    On a bell-clear day in early April the trim little yacht Sauvage called at Pitcairn Island. The vessel's last port of call before arriving at Pitcairn was Easter Island, and her destination after leaving the island was Mangareva in the Gambier Islands group. The Sauvage visited Pitcairn from April 7 until she sailed westward on April 11.
  • February 25, 2013, MV Dynamogracht
    The 17,967-ton general cargo ship Dynamogracht called briefly at Pitcairn Island on February 25, 2013. The Netherlands-registered ship last port of call before arriving at Pitcairn was Panama, and after leaving Pitcairn she was bound for Auckland, New Zealand. One of many Gracht ships that are always welcomed at Pitcairn Island, the Dynamogracht was built in 2010, and has a length of 157 meters and a beam of 23 meters. The ship is distinguished by her three large booms that speed the on and off-loading of cargo.
  • February 15, 2013, Pacific Princess
    Princess Cruises'30,277-ton cruise ship Pacific Princess called at Pitcairn Island on February 15, 2013, the latest of several annual visits this welcome visitor has made to the island. Built in France, the Bermuda-registered Princess cruises at 20 knots, measures 592 feet in length and has a crew of 373 to serve her hundreds of passengers who enjoy the many pleasures found on her 10 decks. The call of the Pacific Princess at Pitcairn Island is always a source of excitement and gladness among the Pitcairners every time she shows her sleek lines off Bounty Bay.
  • February 2, 2013, Arcadia
    Operated by P&O Cruises, Arcadia's call at Pitcairn island on February 2, came after she had called at Easter Island. Following her call at Pitcairn she was bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands, north by northwest of Pitcairn. A beautiful, giant-size vessel of 86,799 gross tons, Arcadia's length is 951 feet, and her beam, side-to-side is 32 feet. She carries a crew of 976 to serve a maximum of 2,388 passengers. She was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Marghera, Italy, and is the third largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. The ship officially entered service with the company in April 2005, and is an adult-only cruise ship.
  • January 15, 2013, Europa
    Hapag-Lloyd's beautiful 28,890-ton, 408-passenger cruise ship Europa is no stranger to the people of Pitcairn Island. She is a looked-forward-to friend every time she shows her sleek lines off Bounty Bay. Her call at Pitcairn on January 15, came following a call at Easter Island. After what a number of her passengers called "a joyful visit" at Pitcairn, Europa was bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. Launched in 1999, she is Hapag-Lloyd's upmarket flagship which primarily serves Europe's German-speaking travelers, but is also well known to a more global cruise audience. The storied guidebook Berlitz has long ranked Europa as its top-ranked cruise ship. In fact, she is the only vessel in the guide that has consistently merited a five-plus ranking (every year for more than a decade). The seven-deck Europa has a crew of 264, and is registered in the Bahamas.
  • January 3, 2013, Marina
    Marina called at Pitcairn from Easter Island. After her Pitcairn call she sailed for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. Sailing for the Ocean Cruises cruise ship company, the 66,084-ton, 789-foot-long Marina began her cruise ship life in May 2012. She is thought to be one of the most beautiful, eloquent and sophisticated ships to take to the sea in the past 50 years. Marina has 15 decks, a beam (side-to-side) of 106 feet, and cruises at 20 knots. Her guest capacity is1,250 passengers (double occupancy). Registered in the Marshall Islands, it is said of the Marina that her accommodations in every category "are incredibly spacious, especially with regard to the lavish bathrooms.".
  • December 25, 2012, Caledonian Sky
    The motor vessel Caledonian Sky (former names, Hebridean Spirit, Renaissance VI ) called at Pitcairn on Christmas day, 2012. Under the control of her Captain Newman, she had come from Easter Island to the east and was bound for Mangareva in French Polynesia which lies some 300 miles west by northwest from Pitcairn. The Sky is a handsome yacht style ship featuring lots of polished wood and providing a comfortable cruise experience in elegant surroundings. She is operated by Noble Caledonia, was built in 1991, and refitted in 2001. She is of 4,200 tons, accommodates 114 passengers and a crew of 74. The ship's officers are British.

Annual Pitcairn Shipping List

Except for cruise ships, few of the vessels that call at Pitcairn Island are known to the island in advance of their appearance off Bounty Bay, the landing area of the island. The vessels that call may be from almost any country of the world and of almost any type that floats: sailing yachts, container ships, sea-going tugs, tramp steamers, French naval ships, roll-on roll-off auto carriers, banana boats, bulk carriers, heavy-lift ships, fishing vessels... In years past a careful record of every ship calling at Pitcairn (save for those whose captains did not want their owners to know of the call) was kept on the island. Today the record-keeping that is made public, save for that kept unpublicized by Pitcairn's customs officer, is definitely hit and miss. Through the good services of Pitcairn Island Police Sargeant Bill Lambie, the following is a near complete list of the vessels calling at Pitcairn in 2012.

Year 2013

January 8

Ocean Cruises' cruise ship Marina, with a capicity of 1,250 passengers, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti, Marquesas Islands.

January 15

Hapag-Lloyd's 28,890-ton cruise ship Europa, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti, after what many on the ship called "a joyful visit" at Pitcairn Island.

January 22

Sailing ship Picton Castle, Captain Danny Moreland, bound to the west. This ship brings the ship's chief engineer, David 'DB' Brown, home to his family on Pitcairn. Picton Castle departs Pitcairn to the west on January 28.

January 24

Holland America Line's 62,735-ton cruise ship Amsterdam calls at the island to drop supplies only.

February 12

P&O's 86,799-ton cruise ship Arcadia from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti in the Marquesas Islands. This ship's crew of 976 serves a maximum of 2,388 passengers.

February 15

Princess Cruises' cruise ship Pacific Princess, from Easter Island, bound for Tahiti.

February 20

Stoney Creek Shipping's passenger-cargo vessel Claymore 2, from New Zealand, bound for Managreva in the Gambier Islands. The ship brings supplies to the island. When she departs she takes two Pitcairners.

February 25

An unnamed cargo ship, and an unnamed yacht call at Pitcairn Island on this date.

February 28

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore 2, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Mangareva.

March 7

Passenger-cargo vessel Claymore 2, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

March 16

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore 2, arrives from Mangareva in the Gambier Islands. When she departs Pitcairn Island on March 17, she is bound for Mangareva.

April 7

Sailing yacht Sauvage, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva.

April 8

Catamaran Elsie with five passengers on board, from the East, bound for the Gambier Islands.

April 8

Sailing vessel Nana with a Swedish couple on board, from Columbia, South America, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

April 15

Catamaran My Muse with five persons on board, from the East, bound for Mangareva.

April 17

French-built sailing yacht Pacific Cool, Captain Jean Pierre, from the East, bound for the Gambier Islands.

April 17

Sailing vessel Hasta Luego, Captain Henry, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva.

April 24

General cargo ship Dijksgracht, Douwe Hokwerda, Master, 17,381 tons, from Panama, bound for Auckland, New Zealand.

April 27

French naval frigate Prairail, 2,590 tons, from Easter Island, bound for Mururoa Atoll, French Polynesia.

May 16

American-owned sailing yacht Marie, from Auckland, New Zealand, bound for the Galapagos Islands.

May 23

Sailing yacht Sara Jane with three persons on board, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

May 24

Swedish-registered sailing vessel Sea Venture with six persons on board, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

June 6

Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.

June 29

Forty-five-foot sailing vessel Coccinella, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

June 29

Sailing yacht Chateau Beaumont, from Mangareva, bound for Henderson Island.

July 12

Yacht Wind Witch, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Tahiti

July 19

Fifty-five-foot catamaran Saraba, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.

July 20

Yacht Australie, from the Galapagos Islands, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands.

August 5

Cargo ship Floretgratch, M. Stepanov, Master, from Geelong, Australia, bound for Ecuador, South America.

August 25

Cargo ship Marsgracht, 11,750 tons, Captain O. Nikitchenko, bound to the East.

August 30

Thirty-three-foot steel-hulled sailing yacht Polo Flat, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Easter Island.

September 1

Motor vessel Braveheart, from Mangareva, bound to Mangareva.

September 5

Motor vessel Braveheart, from Mangareva.

September 5

Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva.

September 17

French yacht Da Boat, from Mangareva, Gambier Islands, bound for Easter Island.

September 17

Forty-five-foot sailing vessel Cocinella, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, on a charter. Carries three Pitcairners from the Island.

September 25

The 163-foot super yacht Ohana, from Tahiti, bound for Easter Island. The yacht brings three Pitcairners home from a Bounty Festival in Tahiti.

Year 2012

January 1

Yacht Odley, from USA, father and son crew.

January 19

Live fish transporting vessel Seify, from China, bound for Chile. The Seify is a live fish-transporting vessel.

January 21

Cruise ship Amadea, with 418 passengers and crew members. Many passengers from the ship come ashore to visit on Pitcairn Island.

January 25

Cruise ship Discovery, brings three tourists to the Island.

January 31

Sailing vessel Pitcairn, arriving on this vessel are five amateur radio operators.

February 2

Motor vessel Discovery, from Mangareva, arrives with four passengers, and departs the Island on February 5 with four passengers.

February 7

Motor vessel Saga Ruby, a cruise ship, arrives from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia. Pitcairners visit on board and trade crafts, produce and curios. Three passengers come ashore to visit the Island, and nine passengers depart on her. The ship brings Pitcairn's new teachers, Paul and Ruth Shelling for a two-year teaching stay.

February 18

Motor vessel Discovery, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva, calls with seven passengers. The vessel departs on February 20 with seven passengers on board.

February 21

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva. She ship brings supplies and two passengers to the Island. She departs on February 22 with nine passengers on board.

February 22

Motor vessel Princess Danae, a cruise ship, from French Polynesia, bound for Easter Island. The ship departs Pitcairn on February 23, after islanders have come on board to trade crafts, produce and curios.

February 26

Motor vessel L'Austral, from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia. The ship's tenders ferry 152 passengers shore for a visit on the Island.

March 1

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, bound for Mangareva with five passengers on board. Takes nine passengers from the Island on departure on March 3.

March 3

Sailing yacht Bahari, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, with three persons on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn on March 4.

March 8

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with one passenger. Takes three passengers from the Island when departing on March 10.

March 15

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva with 13 passengers on board, 12 of them a National Geographic expedition team. Claymore II departs Pitcairn on March 19 for Ducie and Henderson islands with the expedition team aboard.

March 18

Motor vessel Hanseatic, a cruise ship, from French Polynesia. A total of 129 of the 153 passengers aboard the ship are ferried ashore for a visit on Pitcairn Island. The ship departs Pitcairn late in the afternoon.

March 23

Motor vessel Marsgracht, from New Zealand, bound for Panama. Pitcairners board the vessel to trade or sell Island crafts, produce and curios. Marsgracht departs Pitcairn in the afternoon.

March 26

Sailing yacht Explore, from New Zealand, bound for Mangareva. The yacht departs Pitcairn on March 28, with a crew of four and two passengers.

March 31

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Henderson Island with 12 passengers. The ship departs the same day with 10 passengers, bound for Oeno and Mangareva.

April 1

British sailing vessel Samba, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, with four persons on board sails the same day of arrival.

April 2

French sailing yacht Dalton, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, sails from Pitcairn in the same day as arrival with two persons on board.

April 9

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, arrives with a team of National Geographic magazine personnel and three other passengers on board.

April 11

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with the National Geographic magazine personnel on board, along with three other passengers.

April 12

Sailing yacht Xplore, arrives from Mangareva with seven passengers aboard. Aboard this vessel is classical organist Peter Letkemann, who in the Pitcairn Island Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 14 and 21, presents concerts of classical music.

April 14

Sailing yacht Xplore, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with two passengers on board.

April 17

South African sailing vessel Spirit of Africa, arrives from Easter Island with two persons on board. The vessel departs Pitcairn after six days anchored offshore.

April 18

Northern Ireland sailing vessel Survetta, arrives from Easter Island with one person on board.

April 19

Sailing yacht Explore, arrives from Mangareva with four persons on board. She departs Pitcairn on April 21 with four persons on board.

April 22

German sailing vessel Resolute, from Easter Island, bound to the west with three persons on board. The yacht departs the same day as it arrives.

April 23

Australian sailing yacht Adventure Bound, arrives from the Galapagos Islands with two persons on board, spends two days at Pitcairn Island.

Sailing yacht Survetta, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with one person on board.

April 24

Canadian sailing vessel Rough Bound, arrives from Easter Island, bound for Bora Bora with one person on board. She departs Pitcairn after seven days anchored offshore.

May 2

Sailing yacht Xplore, from Mangareva with one passenger, and later departs for Henderson Island with 5 passengers as part of the Henderson rat eradication program.

Sailing yacht Dalton, from Easter Island, departs same day for Mangareva with two passengers on board.

May 6

American sailing vessel Pelican, from Easter Island, departs later in the day for Mangareva with one person on board.

May 7

Sailing yacht Xplore, from Henderson Island with five passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 8 with one passenger on board.

May 8

German sailing vessel Wigwam, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 10 with two passengers on board.

Dutch sailing vessel Viatrix, from Easter Island, with five passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva after spending three days at the Island.

American sailing vessel Azimuth, from Easter Island with four passengers on board. The yacht departs for Mangareva on May 11 with four passengers on board

May 11

German sailing vessel Miepke II, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn later in the day.

May 16

Motor vessel Oberon, bound for Australia, stops and trades for three hours before departing Pitcairn.

May 19

Sailing vessel Wakame, from Easter Island with six passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on May 26 with six passengers on board.

May 23

Motor vessel Claymore II, from New Zealand, brings two passengers and stores to Pitcairn. Later in the day the ship departs for Mangareva with one passenger on board.

May 31

Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva with 13 passengers on board. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on June 2.

June 7

Motor vessel Claymore II, from Mangareva with six passengers on board. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on June 9 with nine passengers on board.

June 20

Australian/French sailing vessel Passe-Partout, from Easter Island with two passengers on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn for Mangareva after seven days at Pitcairn.

June 22

Hungarian sailing vessel Unikum, from the Cocas Islands with two persons on board. The yacht departs Pitcairn after seven days for Mangareva.

June 23

British sailing vessel Tabbycat, from Easter Island with two persons on board. Tabbycat departs Pitcairn for Mangareva after five days at Pitcairn with two aboard.

June 29

British sailing vessel Murungaru, from Panama with four persons on board. She departs Pitcairn after five days anchored off the Island.

August 23

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from New Zealand, with stores for the island and four passengers, a Belgium film crew. The ship departs Pitcairn on August 24 for Mangareva.

August 30

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva with eight passengers including Pitcairn's Deputy Govenor Kevin Lynch, and the mayor of Mangareva, Monique Labbeyi and his interpreter. Also the new resident physician and Maria Amoamo, to replace the departing Dr. Kevin and Sharon Donovan. Also aboard is Pitcairner Kari Young and two Swiss tourists.

September 1

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II departs Pitcairn Island for Mangareva with eight passengers, including Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch, Monique Labbeyi, mayor of Mangareva; Dr. Kevin and Sharon Donovan; and Darlene, Caleb and Dylan.

September 6

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with six passengers, including Justice Sir Bruce Robertson, Jay and Carol Warren, two auditors and three tourists. The ship departs Pitcairn for Henderson with five passengers, two tourists and three off-islanders.

September 8

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Henderson Island with five passengers. The ship departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with eight passengers.

September 13

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, from Mangareva, with seven passengers. This is a special charter voyage for the National Geographic magazine and PEW Foundation. Also arriving on this ship is Melva Evans, a Pitcairner returning to her home island.

September 15

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, departs Pitcairn for Mangareva with seven passengers, including one Pitcairn islander going abroad for medical treatment. From Mangareva Claymore II, departs for its home port at Tauranga, New Zealand.

October 18

French naval vessel Arago (P675), Captain Arnaud Bolelli, from Tahiti, bound for Mangareva. While the ship is at Pitcairn the island's school children are invited aboard for a tour of the ship. In the evening of the 18th the Pitcairners and the ship's crew share a festive meal at The Landing. Arago sails for Mangareva at 2200 hours on October 19.

French naval vessel Arago (P675), calls from Mangareva at 0800 hours. The warship departs for Mururoa atoll at 2200 hours on October 19, after what the island newspaper describes as "a successful visit."

October 29

Yacht Dawnbreaker, from Easter Island, bound for Mangaeva with five persons on board. The vessel departs Pitcairn for Mangareva on October 31.

November 12

Two Wakatapu vessels, from Mangareva, bound for Rapanui (Easter Island) passed close to Pitcairn Island without stopping. School children were dismissed from classes and scaled Ship Landing Point so they could view the native craft as they passed. The waka vessels are following in the wake of their ancestors from Auckland, New Zealand, to Rapanui and return. The story of their voyage may be seen at www.wakatapu.com.

November 14

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II, arrives at 0800 hours with supplies from New Zealand. After discharge of her cargo, the ship departs for Mangareva, Gambier Islands with three passengers.

November 19

Sailing yacht Mala, from Easter Island, bound for French Polynesia, arrives at 1030 hours with two persons on board. The Mala sails at 0830 hours for Mangareva with two persons on board on November 21.

November 20

Sailing yacht Blue-shift, from Mangareva, bound to the east, calls at 1000 hours with five persons on board. Blue-shift sails for Easter Island at 1630 hours with five persons on board on November 21.

November 22

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives at 0800 hours from Mangareva with 10 passengers on board. The ship departs for Henderson Island at 1800 hours on November 22 with six passengers on board.

November 24

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives from Henderson Island at 0800 hours with two passengers on board. The ship departs for Mangareva at 1800 hours on November 25 with nine passengers on board.

November 29

Passenger-cargo ship Claymore II arrives from Mangareva at 0800 hours with 13 passengers on board. The ship departs at 1800 hours on November 29 for Henderson Island.

December 25

Noble Caledonia's cruise ship Caledonia Sky, Captain Newman, from Easter Island, bound for Mangareva, Gambier Islands. This ship accommodates 114 passengers and has a crew of 74.


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