On Saturday September 17 1814, his curling script recorded: “Several canoes came onboard.
“Found the island inhabited by the descendants of Mr F Christian. Mutinous crew of the Bounty settled here AD 1788 (sic).
“Nine Englishmen, 11 Tahitian women and some men first settled here, burnt the Bounty.
“They speak good English, likewise Tahitian language, at present are 48 inhabitants.”
Royal Navy warships spent 25 years scouring the ocean for any trace of the mutineers who set captain William Bligh adrift in an open boat after seizing control of HMS Bounty in 1789.