Augustus Leopold Kuper

Augustus Leopold Kuper

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Admiral Sir Augustus Leopold Kuper GCB (16 August 1809 - 28 October 1885) was a Royal Navy officer known for his commands in the far east.

Naval career

Kuper, whose ancestry was German, joined the Navy in 1823 as a midshipman. On 17 October 1831 he was appointed a Lieutenant in Savage, commanded by Lord Edward Russell, on the Irish station. On 9 April 1832 he followed Russell to Nimrod, off the coast of Spain. On 27 August 1833, John Macdougall succeeded Russell, still on the Spain-Portugal station. From 30 March 1836 he was a lieutenant in Minden, commanded by Alexander Renton Sharpe, at Lisbon. Then on 10 July 1837 he moved to Alligator, commanded by James John Gordon Bremer, at Australia, who was involved in founding the settlement at Port Essington.

From 27 July 1839 he was a lieutenant and acting captain of Pelorous. While he was captain Pelorus wrecked on 25 November by a cyclone at Port Essington. There were no casualties and eventually she was refloated. In December 1840 he was promoted to Commander, retroactive to when he took command of Pelorus.

On 5 March 1840 he became Acting Captain in Alligator, and with her he participated in the First Opium War (1840–1842). On 8 June 1841 he received a promotion to Captain and on 14 June he took command of Calliope and participated in the operations that led to...
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