Crew, Stoker Foreman/firemanSexual Preferences:
Francis is a tall and powerfully built man, standing near to six feet, with a ruddy complexion from hours and hours standing in front of roaring boiler fires over the years. His hair is a dark brown color and kept trimmed short. His hands and arms are covered with old burn scars, most small, from where the flames licked his skin when he was first a stoker. Personality:
A boisterous sailor, he enjoys a healthy amount of drink and his pipe, when the company of women is unavailable. Three things fill him with pride; the first being his position as a stoker, that he is strong enough to do some of the hardest work aboard ship, the second is his Dewey Medal and the third is his mustache. Background:
Francis was born in San Francisco in 1881, a second generation Irish-American, who's family had come over during the California Gold Rush. As a boy, he was always hanging out around the docks and at the tender age of fourteen, he lied his way (about his age) into the American Navy. By the outbreak of the Spanish–American War in 1898, then seventeen year old Francis was serving aboard the USS Olympia
of the Asiatic Squadron, in the boiler room, due to his size. It was his great pleasure to have been shoveling coal at a feverish rate, during the Battle of Manila Bay and to have received the Dewey Medal afterwards. Like many of the stokers aboard then Commodore Dewey's squadron, he believes his part in keeping the armored cruisers moving, to be of equal importance to any gunners, in the outcome of the battle.
After the decommissioning of the Olympia
and his enlistment being up in 1899, he took work with the White Star Line and served for a short time aboard the HMHS Britannic
before reenlisting in the American Navy in 1915, after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania
. In a quirk of fate, he found himself serving aboard his beloved Olympia
again, when she was recommissioned in 1917, spending the war patrolling the Eastern coast or escorting convoys. When the war ended, he remained in the American Navy and aboard Olympia
, when she sailed for the Mediterranean and Adriatic, during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and was board in 1921, when she carried the remains of World War I's Unknown Soldier from France to Washington, DC and managed to end his enlistment in 1922, when USS Olympia
was once again, decommissioned.
Afterwards, he again signed with the White Star Line and served aboard RMS Olympic
before being transferred by request to the RMS Mystic