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|Frank Austen's participation
Written by Golda
(9/26/2005 11:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A few more details, penned by Barbara
Frank was Captain of the Canopus (it's in the link/description that Cheryl provided in the picture at the top of this thread).
"...the Canopus, a well-designed vessel (captured from the French at the Battle of the Nile in 1798) but now slow and lumbering and badly in need of a refit. In the coming months, she carried him (Frank) out to the West Indies in pursuit of the French Squadron from Rochefort, leading to the Battle of St Domingo in February, 1806, a victory which answered his hopes in returning him to 'Old England. Oh, how my heart throbs at the idea!" he wrote to Mary Gibson. For his part in the action, Francis was awarded a Captain's small gold medal and a memorial vase by the Patriotic Society of Lloyd's. Along with his brother officers, he also received the thanks of both Houses of parliament...St Domingo brought him a measure of Success & Honour, together with a modest share of prize-money. But the great prize, the longed-for command of a frigate, remained as elusive as ever."
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