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Friday, October 05, 2007

Voyage of the Pandora

Engraving of George Hamilton from the frontispiece of his published narrative (Voyage round the world in HMS Pandora, Berwick, 1793).
This week Project Gutenberg released the Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora despatched to arrest the mutineers of the Bounty in the South Seas, 1790-1791 by Edward Edwards, commander, and George Hamilton, surgeon. Originally published in 1915 from a manuscript in the Record Office, these are the narratives of two of the people who were first sent out after the Bounty mutineers.

The story of the Pandora is more than just a chapter in the saga of the Bounty--the Pandora is one of the most significant shipwrecks in the southern hemisphere, and the Queensland Museum's HMS Pandora site is a great place to start reading about the Pandora, and to gain a context for Edwards' and Hamilton's narratives.

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