HMS Zealous (1785)
|Ordered:||19 June 1782|
|Laid down:||December 1782|
|Launched:||25 June 1785|
|Fate:||Broken up, December 1816|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Arrogant-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1607 (bm)|
|Length:||168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
She served in a number of battles of the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars, notably the Battle of the Nile, where she engaged the French ship Guerrier, helping to force her surrender. She was later cruising off Cadiz in 1801. She missed out on the Battle of Trafalgar, having been dispatched to Gibraltar for resupply.
After Trafalgar, Zealous continued in the blockade of Cadiz. On 25 November 1805, Thunderer detained the Ragusan ship Nemesis, which was sailing from Isle de France to Leghorn, Italy, with a cargo of spice, indigo dye, and other goods. Zealous shared the prize money with ten other British warships.
After 31 years of service she was broken up in December 1816.
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