Francis Hosier (1673–1727) was a British Vice-Admiral. He was lieutenant in Rooke's flagship at the Battle of Barfleur in 1693. He captured the Heureux off Cape Clear in 1710 and distinguished himself in action with the Spanish off Cartagena in 1711. He is chiefly remembered however for his role in the failure of the Blockade of Porto Bello, for which poor Government orders were largely responsible, during which he died of disease with thousands of his sailors.
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“It is an art apart. Saint Francis of Assisi saidAll saints can do miracles, but few of them can keep hotel.”
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