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John Byron (November 8, 1723April 10, 1786) was a British vice-admiral. He was known as Foul-weather Jack because of his frequent bad luck with the weather. November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... Events February 16 - Louis XV of France attains his majority Births February 24 - John Burgoyne, British general (d. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1786 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Vice Admiral is a naval rank of three star level, equivalent to Lieutenant General in seniority. ... Composite satellite image showing the progress of a hurricane weather system approaching the east coast of America Weather comprises all the various phenomena that occur in the atmosphere of a planet. ...

Byron was the second son of the 4th Baron Byron. He joined the navy at a young age, accompanying Baron Anson on his circumnavigation as a midshipman. Byron's ship, HMS Wager, was shipwrecked on the coast of Patagonia, and the survivors had to make their way by boat to Rio de Janeiro. This episode was the basis of the novel The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian which closely follows Byron's own account. Baron Byron, of Rochdale in the County Palatine of Lancaster, is a title in the Peerage of England. ... George Anson, 1st Baron Anson (April 23, 1697 - 1762) was a British admiral and a wealthy aristocrat, noted for his circumnavigation of the globe. ... To circumnavigate a place, such as an island, a continent, or the Earth, is to travel all the way around it by boat or ship. ... Patagonia is that portion of South America which, to the east of the Andes, lies mainly south of the Rio Negro (41°S), and, to the west of the Andes, south of (42°S). ... Ipanema beach Cristo Redentor A NASA satellite image of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro (meaning River of January in Portuguese) is the name of both a state and a city in southeastern Brazil. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Patrick OBrian (December 12, 1914–January 2, 2000; original name Richard Patrick Russ) was a novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centered on the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey and Irish–Catalan physician...

In 1760 he was in command of a squadron sent to destroy the fortifications at Louisbourg. In 1761, Commander Byron took possession of the Falkland Islands on the part of Britain on the ground of prior discovery, and his doing so was nearly the cause of a war between Great Britain and Spain, both countries having armed fleets to contest the barren sovereignty. 1760 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Fortress Louisbourg (fr. ... 1761 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

Between June 1764 and May 1766 Byron completed his own circumnavigation as captain of HMS Dolphin. On this voyage, Byron discovered islands of the Tuamotus and the Gilbert Islands, and visited Tinian in the Northern Marianas Islands. HMS Dolphin was a 24-gun sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. ... A Satellite photo of the Acteon Group, 4 atolls in the southeastern Tuamotus. ... The Gilbert Islands are a chain of 16 atolls and coral islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of the nation Kiribati. ... Saipan, Tinian & Aquijan (Click to enlarge) Tinian is one of the three principal islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. ...

In 1769 he was appointed governor of Newfoundland. He was made Commander-in-chief of the British fleet in the West Indies in 1778 and 1779 during the American War of Independence. He unsuccessfully attacked a French fleet under the Comte d'Estaing at the Battle of Grenada in July 1779. 1769 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the north-east coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1779 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ... Comte Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector d Estaing Portrait by Benson John Lossing in The pictorial field-book of the revolution Comte Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector d Estaing Comte Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector d Estaing (November 1729 - April 28, 1794) was a French admiral. ...

He was the father of John "Mad Jack" Byron, who in turn fathered the poet Lord Byron. Lord Byron, English poet Lord Byron (1803), as painted by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824) was the most widely read English language poet of his day. ...

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  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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John Byron - LoveToKnow 1911 (160 words)
John BYRON (1723-1786), British vice-admiral, second son of the 4th Lord Byron, and grandfather of the poet, was born on the 8th of November 1723.
While still very young, he accompanied Anson in his voyage of discovery round the world.
This page was last modified 16:10, 6 Oct 2006.
John Byron Summary (2244 words)
The expedition, under the command of John Byron (grandfather to the poet), was charged with exploring the Pacific Ocean in order to help Britain gain and maintain an advantage over her Continental rivals.
Byron was the second son of the 4th Baron Byron.
Byron's ship, HMS Wager, was shipwrecked on the coast of Patagonia, and the survivors had to make their way by boat to Rio de Janeiro.
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