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Kingston in Frontenac County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Sir James Lucas Yeo

1782-1818

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
1. Sir James Lucas Yeo Marker
Inscription. English:
Born at Southampton, England, Yeo entered the British Navy, served throughout the Napoleonic Wars and won rapid promotion by his ability. In 1813, already a Commodore, he came to Canada to command British forces on the Great Lakes. Yeo successfully blockaded the American fleet in Sackett's Harbour for some months and subsequently commanded the naval forces at the capture of Oswego in 1814. Returning to England after the war he was posted to the West African Coast and died at sea while returning from that tour of duty.

French:
Né à Southampton (G.-B.), Yeo entra dans la Marine royale. Ses exploits au cours des guerres napoléoniennes lui valurent un avancement rapide. En 1813, il prit le commandement, à titre de commodore, des troupes britanniques des Grands Lacs. Yeo organisa le blocus de la flotte américaine à Sackett's Harbour et le maintint pendant quelques mois, avant de commander les forces navales lors de là prise d'Oswego en 1814. Rentré en Angleterre après la guerre, il fut envoyé sur la côte occidentale de l'Afrique. Il mourut en mer pendant le voyage de retour.
 
Erected 1936 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
 
Location. 44° 
Sir James Lucas Yeo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2014
2. Sir James Lucas Yeo Marker
13.84′ N, 76° 28.155′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Ontario, in Frontenac County. Marker is at the intersection of Valour Drive and Point Frederick Drive, on the right when traveling east on Valour Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Valour Drive, Kingston, Ontario K7K, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point Frederick Buildings (here, next to this marker); Kingston Navy Yard (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Stone Frigate (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Strategic Importance / Importance Stratégique (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Commodore’s Residence, 1815 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Point Frederick (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Fort Frederick (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Point Frederick Artillery Battery (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the right-hand gate post at the Valour Drive entrance to the Royal Military College of Canada.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sir James Lucas Yeo - The Yeo Family History. On March 19, 1813, Yeo was appointed commodore and commander-in-chief on the lakes of Canada. He would discover that in the Canadas, his instinct for daring initiatives had to be disciplined
Sir James Lucas Yeo minature image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 24, 2009
3. Sir James Lucas Yeo minature
in the interests of an imperious necessity: maintenance of control over Lake Ontario, the crucial link between the arsenal and dockyard at Kingston, Upper Canada, and the British force on the Niagara peninsula.
(Submitted on May 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. James Lucas Yeo - Wikipedia. In 1812, he commanded the frigate HMS Southampton, then stationed in the Bahamas. He captured the pirate ship Heureuse Réunion at the Action of 3 February 1812 and the American brig USS Vixen in November 1812, but shortly afterwards Southampton and Vixen were wrecked in the Crooked Island passage, although no lives were lost. As was customary in the case of the loss of a ship from any cause, Yeo was court martialled ... (Submitted on May 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
 
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