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Revised 2010-03-24

Pandora
Capt. Edwards' Final Report
Admiralty Office, Jun 19, 1792

Admiralty Office,    
June, 19th 1792.

Sir,

I beg leave to inform you that I found His Majesty's Ship Gorgon at the Cape of Good Hope on my arrival there in the Vreedenburg, a Dutch East India Company's ship, from Batavia, and I thought it proper to remove the pirates late belonging to His Majesty's armed vessel, the Bounty, and the convicts, deserters from Port Jackson (whom I had under my charge on board the Dutch East India Company's ships) into His Majesty's said ship, for their greater security, and I took the same opportunity myself to embark on board on her for England and I hope that these steps will be approved of by their Lordships.

I gave you an account of my arrival at the Cape of Good Hope and of my intentions to embark on board the Gorgon with the pirates, convicts, &c. in a letter which I did myself the honour to address to you from thence and sent by the Baring, Thomas Fingey, Master, an American ship bound to Ostend.

Inclosed is the state of the company of His Majesty's Ship Pandora at the time I left the Cape of Good Hope, and the manner in which they were disposed of on board Dutch East India Company's ships in order to be brought to Europe and also a list of the pirates late belonging to the Bounty, and of the convicts, deserters from Port Jackson, delivered to me by Mr. Wanjon, the Governor of the Dutch settlements in the island of Timor, now on board His Majesty's Ship Gorgon.

I arrived yesterday evening at St. Helens, left the Gorgon, and landed at Portsmouth last night and I am now at this office awaiting their Lordships' Commands.

And I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your most obedient and humble servant,
Edw. Edwards.    

Philip Stevens, Esq."


Oct 5, 1791

A list of convicts, deserters from Port Jackson, delivered to Captain Edward Edwards of His Majesty's Ship Pandora by Timotheus Wanjon, Governor of the Dutch Settlements at Timor, 5th October, 1791.

Edw. Edwards.    


May 24, 1791

A list of one Petty Officer and four Seamen lost in a cutter belonging to His Majesty's Ship Pandora, at Palmerston's Island on the 24th May, 1791.

Edw. Edwards.    


List of Pirates late belonging to His Majesty's ship Bounty taken by His Majesty's Ship Pandora, Captain Edward Edwards, at Otaheite.

(Signed) Edward Edwards.    


State of the Company of H.M.S. Pandora, Captain Edward Edwards: and the manner disposed of on board Dutch East India Company's Ships for their voyage to Europe.

                           Com. Off. & Master.  Warrant Officers.  Petty Officers.  Seamen.
Zwan, Lt. John Larkan,                      1                                   2       17
Horssen, Lt. Robert Corner,                 1                  1                2       13
    Mr. George Hamilton Surgeon.                    
Hornwey, Lt. Thos. Hayward,                 1                  1                2       14                
    John Cunningham, Boatswain,
Vreedenberg, Mr. G. Passmore, Master,       1                  2                1       18                    
    Mr. Gregory Bentham, Purser, Mr. Jos.
    Parker gunner and 1 Supernumary 
    belonging to H.M. armed vessel Supply.                    
Hospital at Batavia,                                                                     1
H.M.S. Gorgon, Captain Edwards,             1                                   2        1
                                            5                  4                9       64

 
            Whole Number borne,                                    82
            Died since ship was lost,                              16
            Discharged,                                             1
                                                                   __
            Whole number Ship's company saved in ship and tender   99
            Supernumaries.     
            Do. Pirates,                                           10
            Convicts, 4 men and 1 woman                             5

Edward Edwards.    


No. 8, Craven Street,    
Strand,        
9th July, 1792.

Sir,

Jul 5, 1792

I beg leave to acquaint you that I have information that the Vreedenburg and the Horssen, two Dutch East India Company's ships, on board of which part of the company of His Majesty's ship Pandora are embarked, were off the Start on the 5th of this month, on their way to Holland, and that the Hoornwey, the ship on board which the remainder of the company of the Pandora were embarked, was expected to sail from the Cape of Good Hope in about three weeks after the two former ships left that place, but the account does not mention the day they left the Cape themselves.

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your most obedient and humble servant,
Edward Edwards.    


List of islands and places discovered by H.M.S. Pandora, with their latitudes and longitudes.

Names of Islands.                     Lat. S.        Long. W.
Ducie Island,                         24° 40′ 30″    124° 40′ 30″
Lord Hood's Island,                   21° 31′ 00″    135° 32′ 30″
Carysfort Island,                     20° 49′ 00″    138° 33′ 00″
Duke of Clarence Island,               9° 09′ 30″    171° 30′ 46″
Otewhy or Chatham,                    13° 32′ 30″    172° 18′ 25″
Howe's Isles,                         18° 32′ 30″    173° 53′ 00″
Gardener's Isles,                     17° 57′ 00″    175° 16′ 54″
Bickerton's Isle,                     18° 47′ 40″    174° 48′ 00″
Onooafow or Probys Isle,              15° 53′ 00″    175° 51′ 00″
Rotumah or Grenville Isles,           12° 29′ 00″    183° 03′ 00″
Pandora's Bank,                       12° 11′ 00″    188° 08′ 00″
Mitre Island,                         11° 49′ 00″    190° 04′ 30″
Cherry Island,                        11° 37′ 30″    190° 19′ 30″
Pitt's Isle (South Point),            11° 50′ 30″    193° 14′ 05″
Wells Shoal on reef,                  12° 20′ 00″    202° 02′ 00″
Cape Rodney,                          10° 03′ 32″    212° 14′ 05″
Mount Clarence between the two Orayas.
Cape Hood,                             9° 58′ 06″    212° 37′ 10″
Look Out Shoal.
Stoney Reef Islands.
Murray's Islands,                      9° 57′ 00″    216° 43′ 00″
Wreck Reef.          
Escape Key,                           11° 23′ 00″
Entrance Key,                         11° 23′ 00″

Edward Edwards.    


A list of 14 pirates, belonging to H.M.S. late ship Bounty, taken at Otaheite.

Edward Edwards.    


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