Fireplace

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Great Cabin fireplace from HMS Pandora. Bulkhead fireplace made from brass with brass rivets. Remnants of a wrought iron grate together with side and backing plates found inside. Drilled holes for attachment screws on the back and sides. Backing plate was set at an angle inside the fireplace presumably to reduce heat against the back of the fireplace and to radiate heat upwards.
Classification
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Ship Fittings fireplace
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Measurements
O/A H.1494mm, W. 450mm, D.235mm
Media/Materials description
Copper alloy
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
This brass bulkhead fireplace salvaged from the stern area is thought to be the personal property of Captain Edwards, and part of the furniture he installed in the Great Cabin prior to the Pandora's final voyage. Associated with the fireplace were: a riveted sheet copper body and flue base; decorative ashpan fa├žade of wrought and cast copper alloys; a firebox of wrought and cast iron.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA780.1

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