Francis Austen

Francis Austen

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sir Francis William Austen, GCB was a British officer who spent most of his long life on active duty in the Royal Navy, rising to the position of Admiral of the Fleet. Born at Steventon, Hampshire, he was the son of George Austen and his wife, the daughter of Thomas Leigh. Austen was brother to novelist Jane Austen, and likely the model for the character William Price in the novel Mansfield Park. His younger brother, Charles Austen, also had a naval career, reaching the rank of rear-admiral. He entered the Royal Naval Academy in 1786 at the age of 12 and graduated in 1788. Austen then joined HMS Perseverance, who was sailing for the East Indies under Captain Isaac Smith. He was promoted to midshipman in December 1789. He joined the 64-gun third-rate Crown and then the 38-gun Minerva in November 1791. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1792, while still in the East Indies. He returned to England at the end of 1793show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Ject Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136762838
  • 9786136762838