Description: [BRITISH NAVAL] Admiral George Anson Byron, 7th Baron Byron (1789-1868) British naval officer, and the seventh Baron Byron, in 1824 succeeding his cousin the poet George Gordon Byron in that peerage. As a career naval officer, he was notable for being his predecessor's opposite in temperament and lifestyle. Byron joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer in December 1800, serving in the Napoleonic Wars, and attaining the rank of captain in 1814. In 1824 Byron was chosen to accompany homewards the bodies of Hawaiian monarchs Liholiho (known as King Kamehameha II) and Queen Kama-malu, who had died of measles during a state visit to England. He sailed on the HMS Blonde in September 1824, accompanied by several naturalists and, amongst his lieutenants, Edward Belcher. He toured the islands and recorded his observations. With the consent of Christian missionaries to the islands, he also removed wooden carvings and other artifacts of the chiefs of ancient Hawaii from the temple ruins. On his return journey in 1825, Lord Byron discovered and charted Malden Island, which he named after his surveying officer, Mauke, and Starbuck Island. Starbuck was named in honour of Capt. Valentine Starbuck , an American whaler. OFFERED HERE is a signed address panel, postmarked 1835. Very good example, signed "Byron." Admiral Byron's signature is often confused with Lord Byron's [poet] as they are quite similar in appearance..
Condition Report: VG
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