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NameGriffonExplanation
TypeGunvessel   
Launched25 February 1860
HullWooden
PropulsionScrew
Builders measure425 tons
Displacement570 tons
Guns5
Fate1866
ClassPhilomel
Ships bookADM 135/210
Note1866.10 stranded after collision with Pandora off Little Popo, west Africa
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
27 June 1861
- 25 June 1865
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Commander John Laisné Perry, west coast of Africa
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Th 2 April 1863The Pandora, 4, screw gunvessel, Commander Ruxton, has been swung in Portsmouth harbour, to ascertain the deviation of her compass, and is expected to go out of harbour to Spithead to-day before sailing for her destination.
Tu 13 November 1866The following is published at the Admiralty, Whitehall, respecting the loss of the Griffon:- "The Buzzard arrived at Devonport this (Monday) afternoon, after a lengthened passage from Barbadoes. Intelligence has been received from the West Coast of Africa of the loss of Her Majesty's gun vessel Griffon. It appears that the Griffon and Pandora, when standing into Little Popoe, in the Bight of Benin, on the evening of the 2nd of October, unfortunately came into collision, and that the Griffon ran on to the beach shortly afterwards. The Mullet and Pandora had endeavoured, without success, to get the Griffon off up to the evening of the 6th of October, and it was feared she would become a total wreck. Officers and men are all safe and well."
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