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ZEBRA (18) Built in 1780, Gravesend.
Bomb in 1800.
Sold in 1812.

  • 1793 Robert FAULKNER, 06/1793. In an exploit which resulted in an award of a naval medal in 1848 to any survivors, ZEBRA ran alongside the bastion of Fort Royal, Martinique, and stormed and captured the fort.
  • 1799 T. SPARKE, Sheerness.
  • 1800 E. S. CLAY, Sheerness. She took part in the action at Copenhagen at the beginning of April 1801. While the bigger ships engaged the Danish line the bombs, stationed abreast of the ELEPHANT, threw shells into the arsenal.
  • 1803 William BEAUCHAMP (later PROCTOR), 05/1803, Channel. In June she was employed protecting trade off Yarmouth and Cromer.
    On Sunday 23 October a sudden calm allowed ZEBRA to drift on the Shingles near Hurst Castle. Her guns and stores were taken out and she was got off at the next tide.
    On 3 November 1803 her master, Mr CLARKE, faced a court martial at Portsmouth charged with repeated drunkenness. He was sentenced to be dismissed his Majesty's service.
  • In July and August 1804 ZEBRA formed part of the squadron under Capt. Robert OLIVER at the bombardment of Le Havre.
    On 23 July the bombs placed themselves immediately off the pier heads and, at a quarter past eleven, began firing shells and carcasses which soon set the town on fire. A shell from one of the shore batteries passed through the mizzen stay-sail of ZEBRA but no one was hurt.
    On the evening of 1 August she took part in another bombardment which lasted an hour and a half. The squadron spent the night anchored five miles off shore and ZEBRA, which had used up most of her powder, had to be resupplied by MERLIN. Before eight o'clock the following morning the bombs took up their positions off the pier heads and kept up a continuous fire for three hours. During the evening and morning attacks nearly 500 shells and carcasses were thrown into the town and the basin. Some enemy brigs and luggers came out but the ships and schooners of the squadron chased them away.
  • In August 1804 Capt. BEAUCHAMP removed to SARACEN.
  • 1805 William Standway PARKINSON, Portsmouth.
  • 1807 Thomas WHINYATES, Spithead. He removed to FROLIC in March 1807 and William BOWLES took command.
    In August 1807 ZEBRA joined the advanced squadron protecting the shore batteries being built to cover the attack on Copenhagen On the 15th. the fleet worked up from Elsinore to Wibeck and the following day the troops landed with the ordnance of a light brigade under cover of the bombs, sloops and gun-brigs.
    On the 17th. the bombs, which had been towed as near the harbour of Copenhagen as they could, opened fire on the enemy's row boat flotilla which was cannonading the left of the line with grape and round shot. The bombs joined the mortar batteries which had been erected by the army in bombarding Copenhagen on 2 September. The town was soon set on fire and was kept in flames until the evening of the 5th. when the Danes asked for an armistice.
  • Capt. BOWLES was promoted to post rank in October 1807.
  • 1808 Thomas Richard TOKER. He was appointed to cruiser in November 1808.
  • 1811 Deptford.

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