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ZEALOUS (74) Built in 1785, Deptford.
Broken up in 1816.

  • 1799 Capt. S. HOOD, with Rear Ad. DUCKWORTH's squadron at Minorca.
    During August she captured xebec No. 25 laden with 4,000 reams of paper and lateen sail vessel No. 19 with paper, wine and corn, both sailing from Tarragona to Barcelona. Another lateen sail vessel taking pine timber from Tortola to Barcelona and a lateen-rigged decked-boat from Tarragona to Barcelona with 130 quarters of wheat were also taken but another sail boat laden with wheat was let go with the old men, passengers and boys because it was so old. The first three were captured in company with VANGUARD.
  • 1800 Capt. HOOD, re-fitting at Chatham.
    On 15 January 1801 the Navy Board (Sir A. Snape, Comptroller; Mr Hartwell, Clerk of the Acts; Mr Hope and Sir John Henslow, Surveyor) visited Chatham Dockyard and spent three days examining the ships in the harbour, and ordered them all to be equipped ready for sea. The workmen worked by candlelight until 2 o'clock in the morning to clear the dock where DICTATOR was being taken to pieces in order to dock ZEALOUS.
    She was commissioned by Capt. S. H. LINZEE as the flagship of Rear Ad. Thomas TOTTY with the Baltic Fleet.
  • 1803 Portsmouth to repair.
  • 1805 Capt. J. O. HARDY, off Cadiz.
  • 1807 Capt. James GIFFARD, off Cadiz. Later in the year Capt. William PIERRREPONT, off Cadiz.
  • 1808 Capt. Thomas BOYS, Portsmouth. In January 1809 ZEALOUS took part in the evacuation of Sir John MOORE's army from Corunna.
  • 1811 Ditto, Lisbon.
    On 8 March 1811 two marines, one named BROWN, were executed on board ZEALOUS for the murder of a sergeant of marines. The three of them had been sent to do duty on one of the prison ships in the Tagus. During the night the two marines had called the sergeant from his cot under pretext of his being wanted and pushed him overboard. A sentry on board ZEALOUS noticed the sergeant's hat floating past and, immediately recognising it, raised the alarm. No suspicion fell on the two marines but they confessed after they had no rest day or night and were sure they were being visited by the ghost of the deceased.
  • In the autumn, off Flushing.
  • 1812 Baltic.
    In the autumn Capt. BOYS was second officer in command of HM ships and vessels in Hawke Road off Gottenburg and on 21 October he was president of a court martial on board ZEALOUS which tried Lieut. KING and his officers for the loss of CENTINEL.
  • 1814 Basque Roads.
    On 13 April the inhabitants of Douarnenez came off to the ship, which was anchored in the bay, with the information for Rear Ad. Sir Harry NEALE of a general declaration throughout France in favour of the Bourbons. The following morning white flags could be seen all round the bay and the Rear Admiral promised not to molest the coastal trade within the limits of his station.
  • 1815 Out of commission at Portsmouth.

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