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’.


  1. I actually really want to bookmark this post, “?Running?” on my
    blog. Will you mind in the event that I personallydo?
    Thank you ,Kyle

    • petergesner says:

      Go ahead and bookmark that post Alexander. If you are interested in the names of the ppl who ‘ran’ from the Pandora
      before departure from Portsmouth, I can email you the list – there were at least 14. Most ship’s musters have quite a few
      happy trails

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