Nominal Guns24B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.3.1778BWAS-1714
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards B028
Ship ClassPorcupine ClassB028
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateB028
Ship TypePost Ship B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck114' 7"Imperial Feet34.7599 
Length of Keel94' 9 ½"Imperial Feet28.6639 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Depth in Hold10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Burthen524 3894Tons BM 


7.1779Broadside Weight = 105 Imperial Pound ( 47.6175 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

4 Commanding Officers

8.5.1779 - 28.3.1781Captain Anthony Parrey (d.1789) ADM 6/21/553BWAS-171428.3.1781 - 28.9.1783Captain John Inglis (c.1733-1790) ADM 6/22/268ADM 6/225.8.1790 - 6.8.1790Captain William McGuire (d.1847) ADM 6/24/58ADM 6/246.8.1790 - 28.8.1791Captain Edward Edwards (c.1728-1815): on board from 10.8.1790 ADM 6/24/58BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

6.8.1790 - 1791First Lieutenant Robert Larkan (d.1830): on board from 14.8.1790ADM 10621.8.1790 - 1791Second Lieutenant Robert Sedgely Corner (1753-1819)ADM 10626.10.1790 - 28.8.1791Third Lieutenant Thomas Hayward (1767-1797)ADM 106

Service History

2.3.1778Began building at Grove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1714
5.1779First CommissionedBWAS-1714
17.5.1779Completed building at Grove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards at a cost of £5458.7.2dBWAS-1714
18.5.1779coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5909.13.10dBWAS-1714
1780To Quebec with a convoyBWAS-1714
2.1781Began refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
3.1781Completed refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3157.15.2dBWAS-1714
26.4.1781Sailed with a convoy for North AmericaBWAS-1714
15.7.1782Took the Ship Dispatch (10)
13.12.1782Took the Brig Nestor (14)
1783Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1789Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1789Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5188.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3067.0.0dBWAS-1714
13.10.1790Sailed for the South Seas in search of the Bounty (4) mutineers

Arrived in Tahiti

28.8.1791Wrecked in the Torres Strait, 31 crew and 4 of her 14 prisoners drownedBWAS-1714

Notes on Ship


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 3rd of May 2014 18:56

April 1792 - East India Intelligence

Otaheite, Government have received dispatches from Capt. Edwards, Commander of his Majesty's ship Pandora, who was sent out soon after the return of Captain Bligh from the South Seas in search of Christian and the other mutineers who ran away with the Bounty armed ship the contents of which are - that on the Pandora's appearing off Otaheite, two men swam from the shore and solicited to be taken on board, they proved to be two of the Bounty's mutineers, and immediately gave intelligence where 14 of their companions were concealed.; a part of the Pandora's crew were instantly dispatched in search of them, and, after some little resistance, they were taken, and brought prisoners on board. Christian, with the other 9 mutineers, had previously sailed in the bounty to some remote island, and every exertion of the Pandora to discover their retreat proved ineffectual. On her return home, the Pandora struck upon a reef of rocks in Endeavours Straits and had her bottom beat in. Her crew were happily saved, and escaped from their perilous situation to an island in the Straits, except 32 men and 3 of the bounty's people, who unfortunately perished by the boats over-setting. Capt. Edwards was now reduced to the necessity of sending one of his officers and some able seamen in a small boat to Timor, which they were 14 days in reaching, and where a vessel was procured agreeably to that gentleman’s orders, to proceed without loss of time to the assistance of the remainder of the crew, who were taken on board and are, in all probability, by this time safely arrived at the Cape of Good Hope.

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