National Geographic : 1942 Jan
The National Geographic Magazine Edmund Zacher Yankee's Dining Table Stays Level, Even in Storms, While the Ship Rolls Under It Weights beneath kept the table from tilting, so dishes did not slide and water in glasses did not spill. Little Arthur (left) had a seat attached to the table, keeping him level with it. During this Christmas party, the ship was heeling, so people at right found their food closer to their chins than those on the other side. out of dinghies, up and down the galley lad der, and finally, his greatest triumph, up the rigging at 22 months. His father followed close behind while Arthur kept right on climb ing till there were no more ratlines and the deck was sixty feet below. There are advantages for small boys on a sailing ship. They can play in the water in the lee scuppers to their heart's content, and they love being tossed in sails. They get the same pleasure from jumping in a heap of can vas that country lads do in a haymow. On Time at Pitcairn, Home of the Bounty Mutineers Our youngsters were not aware that they were traveling. The Yankee was their home and backyard, too. They became familiar with the wildest-looking natives, yet to them these visitors seemed as commonplace as the people American babies meet on Sunday afternoons. We arrived at Pitcairn six years to the day after our first arrival, instead of 24 hours late, as we were on the second cruise, which caused the islanders to get after us for being tardy! One of the most romantic stories of the sea, told so well in Nordhoff and Hall's Mutiny on the "Bounty" trilogy, attracted us here. In 1787 His Majesty's armed transport, Bounty, sailed for the almost unknown South Sea under the command of Lieutenant William Bligh, to collect breadfruit plants in Tahiti for transplanting in the West Indies. In an age of hard seamen, Bligh apparently was an espe cially harsh master, and after leaving Tahiti several of the crew mutinied, led by Fletcher Christian, master's mate. Bligh and the men who remained loyal to him were set adrift in the Bounty's small open launch, destined to make a heroic passage to the island of Timor, 4,166 miles away, against terrific difficulties.