- HMS Pandora (1779)
HMS "Pandora" was a 24-gun "Porcupine" class
frigateof the Royal Navy, built by Adams and Barnard at Deptford, Englandand launched on 17 May 1779. She was deployed in North American waters during the American Revolutionary Warbut was put 'in ordinary' (mothballed) after 1783. She was best known as the ship sent in 1790 to search for the "Bounty" and the mutineers who had taken her. She was wrecked on the return voyage in 1791.
Voyage in seach of the "Bounty"
After the news of the mutiny on the "Bounty" reached England on 15 March 1790, the
Admiraltydeliberated about the best response and eventually dispatched the "Pandora" to the South Pacific to recover the 'pirated' "Bounty", capture the mutineers and bring them back to England for trial. The frigate sailed from Portsmouthon 7 November 1790 with Captain Edward Edwards in command of a crew of [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/story/06_story.asp 134 men.]
Unbeknown to Edwards, sixteen of the mutineers had by then already elected to return to
Tahiti, after a failed attempt to establish a colony (Fort St George) under Fletcher Christian's leadership on Tubuai, one of the Austral Islands. They were living in Tahiti as 'beachcombers', many of them having fathered children with local women. Fletcher Christian's group of mutineers and their Polynesian followers had sailed off and eventually established their settlement on Pitcairn Island.
The "Pandora" reached Tahiti on 23 March 1791 via
Cape Horn. Five of the men from the "Bounty" came on board voluntarily within 24 hours of the frigate's arrival, and nine more were arrested by armed shore parties a few weeks later after fleeing to the mountains. These fourteen men were imprisoned in a makeshift prison cell on the "Pandora's" quarter-deck, which they called " Pandora's Box". Edwards was told that two of them had already died before the "Pandora"'s arrival.
On 8 May 1791 the "Pandora" left Tahiti and subsequently spent three months visiting islands in the South-West Pacific in search of the "Bounty" and the remaining mutineers, without finding any traces of the pirated vessel. During this part of the voyage 14 crew went missing in two of the ship's boats. In the meantime the "Pandora" visited
Tokelau, Samoa, Tongaand Rotumah. They also passed VanikoroIslands, which Edwards named Pitt's Island; but they did not stop to explore the island and investigate obvious signs of habitation. If they had done so, they would very probably have discovered early evidence of the fate of the French Pacific explorer La Perouse's expedition which had disappeared in 1788. From later accounts about their fate it is evident that a substantial number of crew survived the cyclone that wrecked their ships "L'Astrolabe" and "La Boussole" on Vanikoro's fringing reef.
Heading west, making for the
Torres Strait, the frigate ran aground on 29 August 1791 on the outer Great Barrier Reef. She sank the next morning claiming the lives of [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/story/11_story.asp 31 of her crew] and four of the prisoners. The remainder of the ship's company (89 men) and ten prisoners - seven of them released from their cell as the ship was actually sinking - assembled on a small sand cay and after two nights on the island they sailed for Timorin four open boats; arriving in Kupangon 16 September 1791 after an arduous voyage across the Arafura Sea. Sixteen more died after surviving the wreck, many having fallen ill during their sojourn in Batavia(Jakarta). Eventually only 78 of the 134 men who had been on board upon departure returned home.
Captain Edwards and his officers were exonerated for the loss of the "Pandora" after a
court martial. No attempt was made by the colonial authorities in New South Walesto salvage material from the wreck. The ten surviving prisoners were also tried; the various courts martial held found four of them innocent of mutiny and, although the other six were found guilty, only three (Millward, Burkitt and Ellison) were executed. Peter Heywoodand James Morrisonreceived a Royal pardon, while William Musprattwas acquitted on a legal technicality.
Descendants of the nine mutineers who 'got away' (from the "Pandora") still live on
Pitcairn Island, the refuge Fletcher Christianfounded in January 1790 and where they burnt and scuttled the "Bounty" a few weeks after arrival. Their hiding place was not discovered until 1808 when the New England sealer "Topaz" (Capt. Mayhew Folger) happened on the tiny uncharted island. By then all of the mutineers - except John Adams (aka Alexander Smith) - were dead, most having died under violent circumstances.
Discovery and archaeological excavation
The wreck of the "Pandora" was discovered in 1977 and was immediately declared a protected site under the Australian "Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976". It is located approximately 5 km north-west of Moulter Cay coord|11|23|S|143|59|E|display=inline,title on the outer Great Barrier Reef, approximately 140 km east of
Cape York, on the edge of the Coral Sea.
Queensland Museumhas been excavating the wreck according to a [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/archaeology/02_archaeology.asp research design.] Archaeologists and historians at the Museum of Tropical Queenslandare still gradually fitting together pieces of the "Pandora" story puzzle, using the [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/artefacts/03_artefacts.asp archaeological evidence] as well as the extant [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/story/06_story1.asp historical evidence.] A large collection of artifacts is on display at the museum.
In the course of nine seasons of excavation during the 1980s and 1990s, the museum's marine archaeological teams established that approximately 30% of the hull is preserved as a more or less [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/wreck/03_wreck.asp intact structure.] The vessel came to rest at a depth of between 30 to 33m on a gently sloping sandy bottom, slightly inclined to starboard; consequently more of the starboard side has been preserved than the port side of the hull. Approximately one third of the overburden in which the wreck is buried has been excavated by the Queensland Museum to date; it is estimated that the remainder to be excavated amounts to approximately 350 m3. This would probably require at least another ten full-blown seasons of excavation - assuming a similar methodology is used as on previous museum expeditions. If an expedition were to be mounted from the 2008/09 summer - and subsequently at a rate of one excavation per summer (until 2017/18)- it is estimated that at least A$9.5 million would be required to complete 10 seasons of fieldwork. Additional funds would also be required to provide for salaries of at least four additional full-time, 'back-of-house' professional contract positions at the museum, until at least 2020.
For strategic and financial reasons there are no plans to continue excavation in the foreseeable future. However, if the Queensland Museum were to continue excavation, priority would be given to the bow section of the wreck; especially to the various petty officers' storerooms that were erected at platform deck level in vessels of the "Pandora"'s design. In addition to exposing professional and personal items belonging to the ordinary sailors and to such crew members as the carpenter and the bosun, the forward storerooms are expected to contain a range of extra spare stores and fittings which the "Pandora" was carrying in anticipation of the need to refit the "Bounty" after her recapture.
*cite book|last= Conway|first= Christiane |year=2005|title= Letters from the Isle of Man - The Bounty-Correspondence of Nessy and Peter Heywood|publisher= The Manx Experience|id=ISBN 1-873120-77-X
* [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/information/references.asp Queensland Museum Bibliography and References.]
* [http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/pandora/pandora.asp Queensland Museum - HMS Pandora]
* [http://www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/pandoragallery.asp Museum of Tropical Queensland - HMS Pandora]
* [http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/heritagensw/aug98/9_art.htm Maritime Archaeology - HMS Pandora]
* [http://www.fatefulvoyage.com/pandora/ Reports of Captain Edwards] from the Pandora and Batavia.
* [http://www.fatefulvoyage.com/gmaps/maps004Pandora.html Track of the Pandora] from England to wreck.
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