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Sir Thomas Bladen Capel was an officer in the British Royal Navy who was a close personal friend of Admiral Nelson and who distinguished himself in the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars, and in the War of 1812. Capel was stationed in North America for the duration of the War of 1812, commanding a squadron along the East Cost. He monitored American shipping, especially the frigates based in New London, and was involved in the capture of several American vessels.