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CRABBE, Thomas, naval officer, born in Maryland in 1788; died in Princeton, New Jersey, 29 June, 1872. He entered the service from Pennsylvania as a midshipman, 15 November, 1809, served in the war of 1812-'5, was promoted lieutenant, 4 February, 1815, be came commander, 3 March, 1835, commanded Fort Brook, Tampa bay, during the campaign against the Seminoles in 1837, was commissioned as captain, 8 September, 1841, and commanded the squadron on the coast of Africa in 1855-7. He was retired as commodore, 16 July, 1862, officiated as prize commissioner in 1864-'5, and was made a rear-admiral on the retired list, 25 July, 1866.
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