clloyd Posted December 20, 2013 Share #1 Posted December 20, 2013 This build log will trace my scratch build of HMS Pandora in her 1790 configuration. Build started about 2009 and was initially documented on the original MSW. I'll recreate the log as best as possible, but my memory and not having all the photos to hand mean that the initial part will be not as in depth as the original. It'll probably take week or so to catch up. If you have any questions in the meantime ask - I may be a bit fuzzy on details, but should be able to answer. The Choice: Pandora was chosen as a successor build to HMB Bounty that I completed about 2009. I wanted something bigger, military, with a south seas link, existing plans, and since Pandora was historically connected to Bounty it was a logical choice. History: HMS Pandora was a 24-gun Porcupine-class sixth-rate ship of the Royal Navy launched in May 1779. She is best known as the ship sent in 1790 to search for the Bounty and the mutineers who had taken her. Her first service was in the Channel during the 1779 threatened invasion by the combined fleets of France and Spain. She was deployed in North American waters during the American Revolutionary War and saw service as a convoy escort between England and Quebec. She saw successful service as a convoy escort, but the end of the American war the Admiralty placed her in ordinary at Chatham (1783). Pandora ordered to be brought back into service in June 1790 when war between England and Spain seemed likely due to the Nootka Controversy. However, in early August 1790, 5 months after learning of the mutiny on HMS Bounty,it was decided to despatch her to recover the Bounty, capture the mutineers, and return them to England for trial. She was refitted, and sailed from Portsmouth on 7 November 1790, commanded by Captain Edward Edwards and manned by a crew of 134 men. Fourteen mutineers were recaptured on Tahiti, but 3 months searching the islands of the south pacific failed to find the Bounty and remaining mutineers. She turned for home, but in attempting to navigate the Great Barrier reef she ran aground on 29th August 1791, and sank the next morning with the loss of 31 crew and prisoners. She remains in about 30m of water about 140km east of Cape York. Build: The goal is to build a 1/64 scale reproduction of the ship in her 1790 configuration. Archeological findings have shown the guns and carronades with which she was equipped. The scale was chosen to match my previous build of Bounty. I chose to do POB as it is a fairly straightforward way of constructing the hull and I didn't want as a first scratch built to tackle the huge task of figuring out how to frame a hull. Sources: The primary source of plans for the build is McKays Anatomy of the Ship: Pandora, with help from Antscherls Swan class books, and my library of 18C ship books. (pics to follow) freewheelinguy, AntonyUK, mtaylor and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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