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HECTOR (74) Built in 1774, Deptford.
Hulk in 1808.

  • 1793 Capt. MONTAGU, Spithead at the beginning of the year.
    On a cruise in the Channel with HANNIBAL between 15 February and 4 March she chased two French frigates and sent a merchantman from the West Indies into Plymouth. She sailed wit Rear Ad. GARDNER's fleet for the West Indies on 24 March.
  • 1799 Capt. CAMPBELL, Lisbon.
  • 1800 Capt. ELPHINSTONE, with Rear Ad. WHITEHEAD in the Channel.
  • 1801 Ditto, Lisbon, Gibraltar and Mediterranean station.
  • 1803 Capt. William SKIPSEY.
    HECTOR returned to Portsmouth from Malta on 30 March and, because her last port of call was Gibraltar she went to the Motherbank to perform quarantine.
    In May she was at Plymouth to be paid off.
    An order from the Admiralty was read out to the ship's companies of HECTOR and DRAGON which said that in the present circumstances of the country, their services would be immediately wanted.
    The fortnight's leave of absence must be dispensed with and those seamen who volunteered for any ship they chose would be entitled to the full bounty, but those who refused would be drafted to any ship wanting men.
    After some hesitation, the whole of both ships volunteered for named ships, except for 50 who held out.
    They were immediately sent in the ship's launches on board the TONNANT lying in Cawsand Bay.
  • From 1805 she was out of commission as a receiving ship at Plymouth.

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