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The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 181 p. 312Commodore Pring.Nov. 99. On board the receiving ship Imauin, at Port Royal, Jamaica, of yellow fever, Daniel Pring, esq. Post Captain R.N. and Commodore on that station.Commodore Pring entered the naval service at an early age, and when very young was a midshipman on the Jamaica station. In 1801 he served on board the Russell at Copenhagen. In 1807 he received his Lieutenant's commission, and on the brewing out of the American war he was in command of the schooner Paz, on the Halifax station. When Sir George Prevost required naval officers to take charge of the provincial navy on the lakes, Lieut. Pring was selected among others by Sir J. B. Warren for those duties. In 1813 he was promoted to the rank of Commander, and in the following year he was removed by Commodore Sir James Lucas Yeo from Lake Ontario, to serve with Captain Downie on Lake Champlain. Here he was appointed to the command of the Linnet, a brig of 16 guns and about 100 men. In this brig, under the command of Captain Downie, in the Confiance, and in company with two ten-gun sloops and a flotilla of gunboats, Captain Pring took part in the celebrated battle of Platesburg-bay, in which engagement, disastrous as it was to the British arms, he signally distinguished himself. During the greater part of the contest the Linnet was engaged with the Eagle, an American brig of much superior force, mounting 20 heavy guns and 150 men, which vessel he completely beat out of the line. Cooper, in his " History of the American Navy," little as he seems inclined to allow credit to the British, virtually admits this fact. He says, " The Linnet had got a very commanding position, and she was admirably fought." Eventually the Linnet was compelled to strike, but not until the other vessels of the squadron had hauled down their colours. Captain Downie, who commanded the British squadron, was killed ; and Commander Pring was the senior surviving officer of the squadron at the court-martial subsequently held at Portsmouth, at which he was most honourably acquitted. For his services he was, in 1815, promoted to the rank of Post Captain; and on the ? June 1816 was appointed to a command on Lake Erie. He was nominated to the West India station on the 16th .Sept. 1844, and early in 1846 he hoisted his broad pendant as a Commodore of the second class on board Her Majesty's ship Imaum, at Port Royal, where he succeeded in making himself highly esteemed and respected. His remains were conveyed to Halfway Tree, where they were interred in the presence of a numerous and distinguished company of public officers and private inhabitants.