French ship Zélé (1764)

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Name: Zélé
Namesake: "Zealous"
Builder: Toulon (plans by Coulomb)
Laid down: February 1762
Launched: 1 July 1763
In service: 1764
Out of service: 1806
Notes: Offered by the receveurs généraux des finances
General characteristics
Class and type: César class ship of the line
Displacement: 1500 tonnes
Length: 54.6 m (179 ft)
Beam: 14.1 m (46 ft)
Draught: 6.7 m (22 ft)
  • 74 guns:
  • Lower gundeck: 28 × 36-pounder long guns
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 24-pounder long guns
  • Forecastle and Quarter deck:
Armour: Timber

The Zélé was a César class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy. She was funded by a don des vaisseaux donation from the Régisseur général des finances.

On 6 July 1779, she participated in the Battle of Grenada as a member of the Vanguard. In 1781 and 1782, she took part in the naval operations in the American Revolutionary War, under Admiral de Grasse. She fought at the Battle of the Chesapeake.

She was broken up in May 1806.

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