HC Deb 25 January 1961 vol 633 cc28-9W
76. Commander Kerans

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what steps he has taken to ascertain whether the wreck found near the Australian coast is that of H.M.S. "Pandora"; and whether he intends to claim it as the property of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

So far the only clue to the identity of the wreck is the inscription on the ship's bell recording its presentation in 1711. The "Pandora" was laid down in 1779 but the bell might have been transferred from another ship. We are making inquiries to see whether this transfer has been recorded. Any further action by the Admiralty must depend on the outcome of these investigations.

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