Original British Napoleonic Wars Captain S. Hood Named Telescope - HMS ZEALOUS
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a terrific large British naval three draw telescope constructed of brass with a partly leather covered barrel made by DOLLAND of London and marked Day or Night.
Optics appear to be in fine working order and when fully extend it measures 36" overall when and 13.5 when collapsed. It retains both sliding lens covers (front and rear).
On the brass fore-sleeve of the barrel it is engraved :-
This was Samuel Hood born in 1762 and died in 1814 who joined the Royal Navy in 1776 aged 14. Not to be confused with his famous cousin, the 1st Viscount Hood, also Samuel, who was born in 1724 and played a major part in the American Revolutionary War and eventually died in 1816.
This Captain Hood took part in The Battle of the Sainted under his cousin and Admiral Rodney in 1782. He was made Captain of HMS ZEALOUS, a 74 gun Man-o-War, in 1797 and assisted Admiral Nelson in the failed attack upon Santa Cruz de Tenerife that same year.
HMS Zealous was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built by Barnard of Deptford and launched on 25 June 1785.
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.
Ultimately our Samuel Hood was knighted becoming the 1st Baronet KB , (Knight of the Bath), and becoming a Vice Admiral. He died in 1814 just two years before his older and far more famous Cousin of the same name.
A lovely Naval telescope that could have even been used at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
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