Naval officer; born in Suffolk, England
, Aug. 22, 1788;
son of Vice-Admiral Dacres
, who was a commander in the battle with Arnold
on Lake Champlain
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
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
, Dec. 4, 1853.
See U. S. S. Constitution