That's why I held for Pitcairn. I want to beach her, or scuttle her, and save the hull."
The old man turned his brown eyes, sweet as a woman's, shoreward, and both captain and mate followed his gaze around from the lonely rock of Pitcairn to the crew clustering forward and waiting anxiously for the announcement of a decision.
The captain could not control them, but McCoy's gentle presence seemed to rebuke and calm them, and the muttering and cursing died away, until the full crew, save here and there an anxious face directed at the captain, yearned dumbly toward the green clad peaks and beetling coast of Pitcairn.
This gentleman is the Honorable McCoy, Chief Magistrate and Governor of Pitcairn Island.
"Very few vessels come to Pitcairn, and when they do, they are usually from San Francisco or from around the Horn.
At daylight, with Pitcairn three miles to windward, Captain Davenport made out two canoes coming off to him.
The PYRENEES was swept within a hundred yards of it before the wind carried her clear, and at this moment the panting crew, its work done, burst out in a torrent of curses upon the head of McCoy --of McCoy who had come on board, and proposed the run to Mangareva, and lured them all away from the safety of Pitcairn Island to certain destruction in this baffling and terrible stretch of sea.
That fatal volley, which was fired by order of Major Pitcairn
, began the war of the Revolution"
Crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc jaws, silver craniums, platinum noses, were all to be found in the collection; and it was calculated by the great statistician Pitcairn
that throughout the Gun Club there was not quite one arm between four persons and two legs between six.
On the way, he had raided the little islet of Ugi, sacked the store, and taken the head of the solitary trader, a gentle-souled half- caste from Norfolk Island who traced back directly to a Pitcairn
ancestry straight from the loins of McCoy of the Bounty.