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Captain Andrew Drew, R.N., 1792-1878

Captain Andrew Drew, R.N., 1792-1878

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Captain Andrew Drew, R.N., 1792-1878

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Captain Andrew Drew, R.N., 1792-1878

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Oxford
The City of Woodstock
On the northeast corner of
Rathbourne Avenue and Sydenham Street

Coordinates: N 43 08.098 W 80 44.814


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Plaque Text

This house was built by Capt. Drew who came here in 1832 as agent for Admiral Henry Vansittart founder of Woodstock. Purchasing land now included in the eastern section of the city, Drew divided it into town lots and formed the nucleus of this community. During the Rebellion of 1837-39 he led the Canadian force that destroyed the American steamer "Caroline", which was supplying William Lyon Mackenzie's supporters on Navy Island. This action almost precipitated war between Britain and the United States and several attempts were made on Drew's life. He returned to England in 1842 and resumed his naval career.


Related Ontario plaques
The Destruction of the Caroline, 1837
William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861
Navy Island

Rebellion of 1837


Woodstock Plaques

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