Kingston in Frontenac County, Ontario — Central Canada
Commodore’s Residence, 1815
La Résidence du Commodore, 1815
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
Location. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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, Castles • War of 1812 •
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