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KELLETT, Sir Henry, British naval officer, born in England in 1807; died in China, 1 March, 1875. He entered the British navy when he was fourteen years old, participated in the coast survey of America in 1835-'40, under Admiral Frederick W. Beechey and Sir Edward Belcher, and continued this work from 1845 till 1848, when he was ordered to Bering straits to take part in the search for Sir John Franklin. He discovered Herald (now Wrangell) Land in 1849, was with Belcher in the arctic expedition of 1852 as commander of the "Resolute," and found Sir Robert J. McClure with the crew of the "Investigator." He was appointed commodore in 1854, admiral superintendent of Malta in 1864, and in 1869 became commander of the naval station in China.
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