Jylland Steam Frigate

Danish Jylland Steam Frigate

The frigate ‘Jylland’ was the last warship of the Danish Royal Navy built of oak. It was launched on 20 January 1860. ‘Jylland’ was also the first steam-powered, screwdriven ship and at an engine out-put of 400 hp was able to reach the then impressive speed of 12 knots. A noteworthy feature that should be mentioned is that the screw could be raised up into a ‘screw- well’ so that it did not slow the ship down under sail.

On 9th May 1864 ‘Jylland’ fought in the Battle of Heligoland against a fleet of Austrian and Prussian ships. King Christian IX used the ship on various visits to Iceland and Russia. The 2450-ton ‘Jylland’ had a hull lenght of 71m (96m overall) and a beam of 13,5m. The ship had a crew of between 405 and 437 men, depending on the ship´s duties, and carried 44 muzzle-loaded cannons.

In 1960 ‘Jylland’ was towed by tugs from the naval base in Copenhagen to Ebeltoft. On 11 August 1984 it made its last voyage – into a new exhibition dock. After several years of restoration work, Frigate ‘Jylland’ was opened to the public. For those with an interest in ships and life at sea, this 130-year-old ship is certainly worth visiting.

Kit Contents:
Plan with building instructions German, English, French, Danish, Italian and Dutch, planked wood hull, decks from wood, wood, brass and plastic fittings.

Scake 1:100
Length 39.8″
Height 24.5″
Width 5.1″

This is an Expert level kit.

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About: Jylland Steam Frigate

Information about the Jylland Steam Frigate

The Jylland Steam Frigate was a magnificent vessel that played a significant role in the history of naval warfare. Built in 1860 by the Royal Danish Navy, it was one of the first steam-powered frigates to be constructed in Europe. The ship was named after the Jylland peninsula in Denmark and was designed to be a powerful warship that could dominate the seas.

The Jylland was an impressive sight, measuring 71 meters in length and weighing over 2,500 tons. It was equipped with a powerful steam engine that could propel the ship at speeds of up to 12 knots, making it one of the fastest frigates of its time. The ship also had three masts, each with a full set of sails, allowing it to navigate through the waters even without the use of its steam engine.

The Jylland was armed with a formidable array of weapons, including 26 cannons of various sizes. These cannons were strategically placed on the ship’s deck, giving it a wide range of firing angles and making it a formidable opponent in battle. The ship also had a reinforced hull and advanced armor, making it highly resistant to enemy attacks.

One of the most impressive features of the Jylland was its advanced steam-powered propulsion system. This allowed the ship to travel long distances without the need for wind, making it a reliable and efficient vessel for long voyages. The steam engine also gave the ship an advantage in battle, as it could maneuver quickly and change direction with ease, making it a difficult target for enemy ships.

The Jylland was not only a powerful warship, but it also served as a symbol of Danish naval prowess and technological advancement. It participated in several significant battles, including the Battle of Heligoland in 1864, where it played a crucial role in securing a Danish victory. The ship also served as a training vessel for future naval officers, passing on its legacy and expertise to the next generation.

Despite its impressive capabilities, the Jylland was eventually decommissioned in 1908 and was later used as a barracks and a storage vessel. However, in the 1980s, a group of dedicated volunteers began a restoration project to bring the ship back to its former glory. Today, the Jylland is a museum ship and a popular tourist attraction, allowing visitors to step back in time and experience the grandeur of this historic vessel.

In conclusion, the Jylland Steam Frigate was a remarkable ship that played a significant role in Danish naval history. Its advanced technology, powerful weaponry, and impressive speed made it a force to be reckoned with on the seas. The ship’s legacy lives on, and it continues to be a source of pride for the Danish people, showcasing their naval expertise and innovation.

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