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Kingston in Frontenac County, Ontario — Central Canada

Commodore’s Residence, 1815

La Résidence du Commodore, 1815

Commodore’s Residence, 1815 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
1. Commodore’s Residence, 1815 Marker
Inscription. English:
On 19 March 1813 Sir James Yeo, a brave and audacious commander earlier in the Napoleonic War, was appointed Commodore and senior officier on the Lakes of Canada. Having never commanded a Squadron before, he was instructed by the Admiralty not to undertake operations without “the full concurrence and approbation” of Sir George Prevost, the Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of British North America. Moreover, Yeo speedily discovered that his instinct for daring initiatives also has to be tempered by larger interests: control over Lake Ontario, the crucial link between the arsenal-dockyard at Kingston and all the Anglo-Canadian naval and military operations westward, as well as those on Lake Chaplain. With the Royal Navy having assumed responsibility for the naval base at Kingston and of all the warships on the Great Lakes, under Yeo’s leadership the strength and importance of this inland naval force grew immensely. In recognition in May 1814, Yeo’s command was up-graded making him “Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Ships and Vessels on the Lake of Canada.” Note the first rate ships, Canada and Wolfe, (each planned to be 120 guns) under construction in the dockyard of Navy Bay to the left of Yeo’s residence.

Le 19 mars 1813 Sir James Yeo, un
Commodore’s Residence, 1815 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
2. Commodore’s Residence, 1815 Marker
commandant courageux et audacieux plus tôt lors de la guerre napoléonienne, a été nommé Commodore et officier supérieur sur les lacs du Canada. N’ayant jamais commandé un escadron avant, il a été chargé par l’Amirauté de ne pas entreprendre d’opérations sans «l’assentiment complet et l’approbation» de Sir George Prevost, le Capitaine-général et Gouverneur en chef de l’Amérique du Nord britannique. En outre, Yeo a rapidement découvert que son instinct pour des initiatives audacieuses devait aussi être tempéré par des intérêts plus importants : le contrôle sur le lac Ontario, lien crucial entre l’arsenal et le chantier naval de Kingston et l’ensemble de opérations navales et militaires anglo-canadiennes vers l’ouest, ainsi que celles sur le lac Champlain. Suite à la prise sous charge de la base navale de Kingston et de tous les navires sur les Grands Lacs par la Royal Navy, l’importance et la puissance de la force navale intérieure ont grandement augmenté grâce au leadership de Yeo. En reconnaissance en mai 1814, le commandement de Yeo a été haussé et il devint le «Commandant en chef des navires et des bateaux de Sa Majesté sur les lacs du Canada». Notez les navires de ligne de premier rang, Canada et Wolfe, (chacun prévu pour 120 canons) sous construction dans le chantier naval de baie Navy à la gauche de la résidence de Yeo.
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By Emeric Essex Vidal, circa 1815
3. Commodore’s Residence, 1815
44° 13.683′ N, 76° 28.136′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Ontario, in Frontenac County. Marker is on Passchendale Drive just from Point Frederick Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingston, Ontario K7K 7B4, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point Frederick (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Frederick (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Frederick Artillery Battery (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Strategic Importance / Importance Stratégique (about 180 meters away); The Stone Frigate (about 240 meters away); Kingston Navy Yard (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Sir James Lucas Yeo (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Point Frederick Buildings (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Kingston.
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the Royal Military College of Canada opposite the entrance to Fort Frederick.
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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