Foul-weather Jack (Byron)

John Byron

On 9 May 1766 John Byron, British Royal Navy officer and politician went back to England after his trip around the world
This circumnavigation was accomplished in less than 2 years. His actions nearly caused a war between Great Britain and Spain about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. After visiting those islands, he sailed through the Straits of Magellan and made strange claims, supported by his crew, that Patagonia was peopled by giants over seven feet tall.

He was known as Foul-weather Jack because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea. His eldest son, John “Mad Jack“, was poet George Gordon Byron’s father.

 

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