Stories from Pitcairn Island*

by Thurman & Martha Petty


Peril at Pitcairn Island

Water for Life

Clearing Roads . . . and Minds

Together We Live

All Will Share Alike

Processing Arrowroot and Manioca

Building a New Longboat

Out of the Darkness . . . Light

A Shelter from the Storm

Merry Christmas (Ding-a-Ling) . . . "Ho! Ho! Ho!"

Longboats and a Broken Wench

From Russia, with Love

Sea Trials of the New Longboat

Communication via Radio . . . and Prayer

Greater Love Hath No Man . . .

An American Experiences Life On Pitcairn Island


*This book was largely a compilation of articles I wrote for the Pitcairn Miscellany (pronounced mis CELL uny). I had the book printed in 1984 not long after we returned and sold them mostly at lectures which we gave in many places. The book went through three printings and sold 1500 copies. I haven't reprinted it, though I've been asked a number of times to do so. Here is the full text, edited in order to update style and spelling.

The Stories and information contained in this book are based on our experiences during 1982-1984, and are as true to fact as we can remember, and from documents written and collect during our term of service on the island. Although life on Pitcairn is still much the same today, many things have changed. Therefore this book should be viewed more as a historical record than as a description of life on the island today.


1984 Thurman C. Petty, Jr.
This book is copyrighted and may not be reproduced
in whole or in part without the written consent of the author.