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Dacres, James Richard, 1788-1828 Naval officer; born in Suffolk, England, Aug. 22, 1788; James Richard Dacres. son of Vice-Admiral Dacres, who was a commander in the battle with Arnold on Lake Champlain in 1776. The son entered the royal navy in 1796, and, being placed in command of the frigate Guerriere in 1811, was sent to fight the Americans. He proudly boasted that he would send the Constitution to Davy Jones's locker when he should be so fortunate as to meet her. She had escaped him in her famous retreat, but willingly met and fought the Guerriere afterwards. Dacres was then captain. He attained the rank of flag-officer in 1838, and in 1845 was vice-admiral and commander-in-chief of the fleet at the Cape of Good Hope. He was presented with a gratuity from the Patriotic fund at Lloyd's, in consideration of his wound. He was married, in 1810, to Arabella Boyd, who died in 1828. He died in Hampshire, England, Dec. 4, 1853. See U. S. S. Constitution (frigate).