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Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), Admiral

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Keppel entered the navy when he was only ten years old. In 1740, he served under Lord Anson on his voyage around the world, a journey on which two thirds of the crew died. Keppel impressed Anson, who made him an acting Lieutenant. This was the start of a brilliant career. Keppel quickly rose through the ranks, gaining a reputation as an exceptional commander. His friend Admiral Boscawan said that there was 'no better seaman than Keppel ... and not a better officer'. In 1782, he was made First Lord of the Admiralty.