George Anson

George Anson (1697-1762), naval commander of the Centurion in which he circumnavigated the world from 1740-44. The events of this famous voyage are recounted in Richard Walter and Benjamin Robin's Anson's Voyage. After defeating the French fleet at Finisterre in 1747, Anson was raised to the peerage and, in 1751, made First Lord of the Admiralty. In 1761, he sailed from Harwich in the Royal yacht Charlotte to Cuxhaven, Germany, to convey Sophia Charlotte, Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz - the seventeen-year-old bride of George III, and his future Queen - to Great Britain. Anson died soon thereafter in 1762.


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