James Vashon

James Vashon

James Vashon was an officer of the British Royal Navy and the first captain of HMS "Dreadnought", in 1801-02. Previously, he had commanded "Alert" (1781), "Europa" (1786), and "Formidable".

Washington's Vashon Island was named after him by the explorer George Vancouver, who had been Vashon's subordinate in "Europa".

Vashon rose to the rank of Admiral and was knighted.

He is reported to have been stationed for many years in the West Indies.

[Born 1742 of rev. James Volant Vashon vicor of eye, descendant of Peter Vashon, Huguenot Apothecary 1636 immigrated from Paris.]

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