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COLLIER, Sir George, British naval officer, died 6 April, 1795. He became a commander in the royal navy in 1761, was promoted commodore while in North America in 1779, and became a vice-admiral in 1794. He was appointed in 1775 to the command of the " Rainbow," cruised on the American coast, receiving the honor of knighthood for his activity, was senior captain of the fleet in 1777, and on 8 July captured the "Hancock," commanded by Capt. Manly, destroyed the magazines and stores at Machias and thirty vessels on the northeast coast, was temporarily chief in command on the American station, in May, 1779, destroyed the principal towns on Chesapeake bay, ravaged the coast of Connecticut in July, visited New Haven, Fairfield, Norwalk, and Green Farms, destroyed many privateers and other vessels, and on 14 August captured Com. Saltonstall's fleet in Penobscot river. His "Journal on the Rainbow" was published in :New York in 1835.
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