Thomas Carroll signed on as a volunteer aboard HMS Pandora on 5th Sept 1790. He was an able seaman ie an experienced seaman. The Pandora was sent to capture the mutineers from HMS Bounty but was wrecked on its return voyage. Thomas lost his life in the wreck. Visit http://www.mtq.qld.gov.auhttp://www.mtq.qld.gov.au and see "Who was Harry?"
How can you help?
If you've got a bent for historical research and are intrigued enough by this topic to help determine which of the 31 names of the Pandora's dead is Harry's, we'd love to hear from you.
The first tasks will be to find out where the 31 men came from and how old they were when they joined the Pandora 's crew. This will mean research for sources on the Royal Navy 'volunteers' recruited in 1790 for the purposes of the so-called 'Spanish Armament', as well as research of those vessels' 'musters' some of the Pandora's crew were transferred from.
Janice Hurst - a volunteer researcher from Southampton (UK) - is already assisting and has started on HMS Royal William's 1790 muster.
Or, perhaps you've already researched your family tree and are certain that you are a descendant of one of the Pandora's crew - in which case you may know more than we do about the crew.
We'd very much appreciate hearing from you.
Contact us by email: email@example.com or write to: Who was Harry Project c/- Maritime Archaeology Museum of Tropical Queensland 70-102 Flinders St Townsville Australia 4810