NO PARADISE ISLAND
by Jeff Brennan (Topsail)
Among the many islands in the vast South Pacific, one was avoided by the seafarers who ventured across the broad seas, exploring the unknown oceans and lands that Europe hadn’t known existed. This island had a reputation that struck fear into the hearts of the bravest mariners. There had been few survivors, but accounts did exist that were passed down through the years, by the descendants of those hapless sailors who had been shipwrecked on Fugahuie Island. This island was inhabited by an aboriginal tribe that became infamous by the retelling of tales of awesome tortures that it inflicted on the unfortunate seamen who were washed ashore from a foundering vessel, or perhaps who unwittingly landed there in search of provisions. Most of what is now known of the Fugahuie tribe was recorded by a Bounty mutineer, as it was told by two of the few who did escape and reached Pitcairn Island.