Andrew GANDON & HMS Crocodile

Andrew GANDON born 5th February 1810 and baptised 15th April 1810 in Rochester, joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman on 5th July 1828 at Chatham. His Majesty's ship Crocodile's papers describe him as a Painter by trade,  5 ft 2 inches in height, of fair complexion and with Dark Hair and Eyes.

HMS Crocodile was a 6th Rate sailing ship, a frigate, built at the Chatham Dockyard near London in October 1825. She was 114 feet long by 32 feet beam and was armed with 20 32-pdr. carronades, 6  18-pdr. cannon and 2  6-pdr. cannon. She carried a crew of 160 men and at the time of her journey to Australia she was commanded by Captain John William Montagu and Mr R Beecroft, Master. Tasks for the Crocodile were to relieve HMS Success and carry Archdeacon Broughton to Hobart Town, Tasmania.  In addition The Master carried out a survey of Jervis Bay where a promontory carries his name to this day and several coastal features, including a town in Tasmania bear witness to HMS Crocodile's presence in the Southern Oceans.

The Ship's log on the day that Andrew GANDON joined the crew of HMS Crocodile

The Departure........

Yarmouth, Spithead and the Isle of Wight

Pirates in the Canary Islands......

Table Bay for Christmas.....

and Ceylon.....

In Madras

The Arrival at Port Jackson, Sydney Bay

16th November 1829, Ship's Log for the day that Andrew GANDON was discharged

Andrew GANDON married Sarah FLOOD on 14th October 1833 at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney


I am indebted to Marie Rosewarne of Canberra for the following information that led to the tracing of  Andrew GANDON's journey....
On 28 Jul 1834 John Painter { An escaped convict}
(using the name of Andrew Gandon) applied for permission to marry.  His
application gives the following details:   Andrew Gandon, age 23, per HMS
Crocodile, free, single.  {Note:Presumably the age given is that of the real
Andrew Gandon, as John Painter would have been about 30 at the time.}  John
Painter had Andrew Gandon's discharge certificate from the Crocodile (or a
forged copy of it - it's not clear which) in his possession.