In order not to hijack the other thread on the possible inbreeding of future generations of the castaways on Gilligan’s Island, I decided to start a new one. The question is, where was the Island located?
If you go to the Professor’s website at http://www.russell-johnson.com/ you will see an interesting map that situates Gilligan’s Island about half-way between Hawaii and the equator, or about 1400 kilometres south-east of Hawaii.
By the way, some of the postings on the other thread assume that the Island must have been about 1.5 hours by small boat from Hawaii, presumably based on the known fact that the castaways set out on a three-hour cruise.
We must immediately reject this hypothesis for the following reason. Gilligan’s Island could manifestly NOT have been the original destination of the S.S. Minnow, because it was, as the song states, an “uncharted desert isle”.
In other worsds, the Skipper could not have been heading for an island he did not know existed.
Come to think of it, how do we even know the Minnow left a port in Hawaii? The song says only “a tropic island port”. If anyone has any evidence of that port being in Hawaii, from one of the episodes, please inform me.
The map on the Professor’s site is apparently the result of research done by someone named Kurt Gearheart. If you will google him, you will see that there is a photographer in Santa Fe NM by that name. But the google also shows that he has contributed to locating little-known tropical islands such as Palm Key in Florida. So I suspect it is the same guy.
I would love to know how he determined that G.I. is 1400 km from Hawaii.
Let’s review the known facts.
The Minnow was blown off course by a violent storm. The weather started getting rough. The tiny ship was tossed. I understand that if it were not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost.
We have no idea when the weather suddenly turned. Also, a storm can blow a ship around in circles, or in straight lines, or whatever.
But if we assume that a small motorized boat blown around in a storm could drift maybe 100 km a day in a given direction, and if we assume that the Minnow was blown in a straight line all the way to the location proposed by Gearhart, it becomes necessary for the tiny ship to have been tossed in a violent storm that lasted for 14 days, until it finally hit a reef around Gilligan’s Island, which punched a hole in its side. It then ran aground (maybe in a storm surge) to rest on the beach as we saw it eachweek on the credits.
Now then, as the opening shots make clear, Gilligan and the Skipper were barely able to keep the ship afloat with superhuman effort. If they had to keep this up for 14 days, they would have died of exhaustion!
There are many recorded cases of sailors dying after fighting a storm for extended periods. One of the most famous is Martin Pinzon, who captained the Pinta in 1492 and accompanied Columbus on his first Atlantic crossing. He died of exhaustion after encountering a storm on his way back from America and never got to share in Columbus’ glory.
Any theories out there as to the real location of G.I.? 1400 K from Hawaii seems a little too far.