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TERNAY, Charles Louis d'Arsae, Chevalier de, French naval officer ; born in the castle of Ternay, near Laudun, in 1722; died in Newport, Rhode Island, 10 July, 1780. He was descended from an ancient family of Brittany, many of whose members had served with credit in the French navy. He entered the naval school in 1738, was in the siege of Louis-burg in 1757, and commanded afterward a division of gun-boats on St. Lawrence. After his promotion to captain, he was sent with two frigates to Newfoundland in 1762, and, landing at St. John on 2 June, reduced the place, captured several British merchant-vessels, and ruined the cod-fisheries along the coast. He was attached after the conclusion of peace to the station of the Leeward islands, and later was promoted brigadier-general of the naval forces, retiring in 1772 with the brevet of chef d'escadre. He was appointed governor-general of the island of Bourbon, which post he held till 1779, when he re-entered active service. Early in 1780 he armed a division in Brest, and was charged with conveying Rochambeau's army to the United States. After defeating a British force in the West Indies he arrived safely at Newport on 10 July, and died there a few days later.
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