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Anatomy of the Ship: The 24-Gun Frigate Pandora (Revised edition, no fold-out plan.)

John McKay, Ron Coleman


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The Pandora was a 24-gun Sixth Rate built at Deptford in 1779. The 20- and 24-gun classes were the smallest regularly commanded by a Post Captain and they were consequently known as post ships; they were also the smallest frigate-built ships on the Navy List.

The Pandora is best known for her voyage to Tahiti which was undertaken to bring back the Bounty mutineers. Fourteen of them were captured at Tahiti but four were drowned when Pandora ran aground on 29 August 1791 on the Great Barrier Reef on her return journey. The surviving ten were eventually brought back to Portsmouth and court-martialed. Three of them were hung. The site of the wreck was discovered in 1977 and has been extensively excavated by a team led by Ron Coleman.

As part of the renowned Anatomy of the Ship series, this book provides the finest documentation of the Bellona , ​​with a complete set of superb line drawings, supported by technical details and a record of the ship’s service history.
The site of the wreck was discovered and has been extensively excavated by a team led by Ron Coleman.The ‘Anatomy of the Ship’ series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ship’s service history. He is also a ship enthusiast and modelmaker who has turned his professional skill to good use in the service of his hobby. Ron Coleman is Curator of Maritime History and Archaeology at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia. He oversaw several seasons’ excavation on the wreck site of the Pandora.

John McKay helped with the production of a series of technical drawings for three volumes in Conway’s Anatomy of the Ship series; on the Victory , the Frigate Pandora and the armed transport Bounty .

(Name on fep, light soiling to some inner pages, due to use as a reference for model ship building). pp.128 History › Military › Naval Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding / History. #090422

Additional Information

AuthorJohn McKay, Ron Coleman
Number of pages128
PublisherConway Maritime Press
Year Published2003 2nd ed., fully rev. and updated.
Binding Type

Hardcover in Dustjacket

Book Condition

Very Good +

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