Sir Francis Beaufort

Sir Francis Beaufort

Birth
Ireland
Death 17 Dec 1857 (aged 83)
Hove, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Burial Hackney, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 35856310 · View Source
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Surveyor, hydrographer and Rear-Admiral in Britain's Royal Navy. FRS, FRGS and Knight Commander of the Bath. He was famous for creating the Beaufort Scale for indicating wind force. Mostly self educated he left school at 13, joining the British Navy as a cabin boy. Three years later, he became interested in the weather, and started to write down short comments about the general weather. At 22 he was promoted to lieutenant. He was the person who arranged for Charles Darwin to be the ships' naturalist on board the "Eagle" during that famous and eventful voyage. It is sometimes forgotten today that the "Beagle's" prime mission on that voyage was essentially that of surveying and charting little known straits and coasts for navigation purposes, but that side of the voyage was shadowed by the findings and discoveries of Darwin over time. He was a noted surveyor and hydrographer with a distinguished naval career. Francis, who at one time was Captain Beaufort of the Admiralty, was the person who arranged for Charles Darwin to be the ships' naturalist on board the "Beagle" during that famous and eventful voyage.
It is sometimes forgotten today that the 'Beagle's' prime mission on that voyage was essentially that of surveying and charting little known straits and coasts for navigation purposes, but that side of the voyage was shadowed by the findings and discoveries of Darwin over time.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 13 Apr 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 35856310
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Francis Beaufort (7 May 1774–17 Dec 1857), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35856310, citing St. John-at-Hackney Churchyard, Hackney, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .