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Royal Naval Biography/Harding, Francis


Entered the royal navy in 1812; obtained his first commission on the 30th Mar. 1822; served under Captain G. F. Lyon, in the Griper bark, on a voyage of discovery to Repulse Bay, in 1824[1]; and succeeded to the command of the Hecla surveying vessel, on the African station, vice Thomas Boteler, deceased, in Nov. 1829. He was promoted to the command of the Jaseur sloop, July 23d, 1830; removed into the Warspite 76, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral (now Sir Thomas) Baker, on the South American station, Sept. 16th, 1831; and paid off from that ship, at Portsmouth, Mar. 26th, 1833.