HMS Pandora, was a Royal Navy 24-gun Porcupine-class sixth-rate post ship launched in 1779. The ship is best known for being sent to search for the Bounty and the mutineers who had taken her in 1790. On Pandora’s return voyage on 19 August 1791, the frigate ran aground on the outer Barrier Reef. She sank the next morning and claimed the lives of 31 crew members and four prisoners. The remaining 89 men and ten prisoners spent two nights on an island and then set sail for Timor in four open boats, arriving in Kupang on 16 September 1791. Many more died during their journey home and only 78 of the 134 men on board eventually returned home.