‘Running’

Archival research has revealed more details about some of the Pandora’s men –especially about the lengths they would go to avoid being pressed into naval service and about the substantial number who ‘ran’ (deserted) at the first or any good opportunity. Good examples are Henry Nichols and possibly Robert Orchard who both ‘ran’ in Cape Town having survived the wreck.  Orchard had been transferred  from the VOC ship Zwaan to Capetown hospital when on the way home with Lt Larkan’s group. Presumably he had recovered sufficiently and was strong enough to ‘run’.