HMS Pandora

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HMS Pandora. 1790.

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HMS Pandora
  • The HMS Pandora was a 24-gun ship, built and launched in 1779 and is best known as the ship which was sent to search for the Bounty Mutineers in 1790. The crew were partially successful in capturing 14 of the mutineers, however, the ship was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the return journey, and is now regarded as one of the most significant shipwrecks in the southern hemisphere.
HMS Pandora
  • HMS Pandora first saw service with the invasion of the Armada in 1779 and later deployed to service in American waters during the American Civil War. She was placed in mothballs after the end of the civil war in 1783 for seven years, until war between Spain was a possibility due to the Nootka Crisis in British Columbia, Canada in 1790.
  • However, after learning about the Mutiny on HMS Bounty, the First Lord of the Admiralty, John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham dispatched Pandora to recover Bounty and capture the mutineers. She was refitted and sailed on the 7th of November 1790, with a crew of 134 men, and the Captain was Edward Edwards.


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