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MULCASTER, Sir William Howe, British naval officer, born in 1785; died in Dover, England, 2 March, 1837. He was a son of Major-General Mulcaster, of the royal engineers, and was made a lieutenant in the navy early in 1800. He served against the Spanish, and in January, 1809, at the capture of Cayenne in the " Confiance," receiving for his service a gold sword from the prince-regent of Portugal. He became commander, 13 May, 1809, and was appointed to the "Emulous " sloop on the Halifax station about October, 1810. He captured "L'Addle," letter of marque, 26 August, 1811, and the " Gossamer," an American privateer, 30 July, 1812, and on 3 August of that year the "Emulous" was wrecked on Sable island. In March, 1813, Captain Mulcaster was appointed to the " Princess Charlotte," then building on Lake Ontario, and on 29 December, 1813, he was promoted to post rank. On 6 May, 1814, soon after the launching of this vessel, he received, when storming Fort Oswego, a dangerous wound, from which he never recovered. He received a pension of £300 and was nominated a companion of the bath.
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