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VANSITTART, Henry, British naval officer, born in Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England, in 1779; died in Woodstock, Canada, in 1844. He entered the navy in 1791, was made a lieutenant in 1794, and assigned to the command of the sloop "Hermes" in 1798. During the ensuing year he was employed in convoying merchant vessels to and from British America, and in 1800 he captured several of the enemy's armed vessels on the Jamaica station, where, in the following year, he .obtained post rank in the "Abergavenny," of fifty-four guns. He was engaged in 1803 in blockading the rivers Elite and Weser, and in February, 1804, sailed for the Jamaica station, where he was actively employed during the succeeding four years. While off Havana, in the summer of 1806, on board his frigate, the "Fortunee," he succeeded, with the aid of an armed schooner, in capturing two Spanish gun-boats and twenty merchant vessels. Among others that the " Fortunee" took during her cruises in the West Indies were the French privateer " Le vautour" and the French .armed schooner " Le grand Juge Bertolio." He was afterward employed on channel service and in the Mediterranean, and in October, 1811, captured the famous French privateer " Le Vice-Admiral Martin." He was made a rear-admiral, 22 July, 1830, and vice-admiral, 23 November, 1841. In 1834 he removed to Canada, bought an estate near Woodstock, and was instrumental in erecting churches and school-houses.
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