John Marshall (Royal Navy) was born in Ramsgate, Kent, Great Britain back in 1748. When he was ten-years-old he became an apprentice sailor and spent his life at sea. During the American Revolutionary Way from 1778 to 1783 he saw action serving in the Royal Navy.
By 1788, he was captain of the Scarborough, a ship of the First Fleet taking convicts from England to Botany Bay in New South Wales. Afterwards to sailed from Australia to China charting previously unknow island including the Gilbert Islands while in route to Canton. During his second voyage transporting convicts to Australia in 1790, many of them were in poor health and did not survive the voyage.
During the Napoleonic Wars of 1803-1815 as captain of the ship Diana he was severely wounded by an attack of a French privateer. He died in 1819, he was 71.
What you may not know about John is that one of the islands he charted was originally called “Lord Mulgrove’s range was later name in honor of his service to the Marshall Islands.
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