will join us for the whole week, and we will look at Jane Austen's life and writings from a transatlantic perspective,
as well as examining the naval historical influences resulting from the stationing in the North Atlantic at different times of both of Jane's sailor brothers,
Charles and Francis. We will also be taking stock of this being the 200th anniversary year of Jane's death and also the 200th anniversary of the publication of
Persuasion, in which novel Jane's naval knowledge and understanding featured so prominently.
Charles Austen was in the North Atlantic from 1805 to 1810 in his first command, HMS Indian, an 18-gun sloop built in Bermuda.
In 1826 he was once again on this station as Captain of HMS Aurora.
Francis Austen, elder brother of Charles, was Commander-in-Chief North Atlantic and West Indies Station with his flagship HMS Vindictive,
based at Halifax and Bermuda, from 1845 to 1848.