Prinds Christian Frederik

Nominal Guns66W038
OperatorDano-Norwegian navy
How acquiredPurpose builtW038
ShipyardCopenhagen W038
Ship ClassPrindsesse Caroline Class
Designed byF C H HohlenbergW038
CategoryThird RateW038
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk in Action22.3.1808BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW006
Length of Gundeck170' 9"Danish Fod (Feet)53.4004 (164′ 11″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 3"Danish Fod (Feet)13.84 (42′ 9″ Imperial)
Draught Aft20' 3"Danish Fod (Feet)6.3605 (19′ 7″ Imperial)


6.10.1804Broadside Weight = 660 Danish Pund (721.38 lbs 329.868 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 Danish 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 Danish 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle18 Danish 8-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1804625 W006

1 Commanding Officer

1807 - 22.3.1808KommandørCarl Wilhelm Jessen (1764-1823)W039

1 Commissioned Officer

25.12.1807 - 22.3.1808PremierløjtnantPeter Willemoes (1763-1808)W039

Service History


22.3.1808Battle of Zealand Point

Notes on Ship

The ship was built at Nyholm in Copenhagen and launched 6. October 1804. Konstruktionsmæssigt it was an advanced warship, which in many areas differed significantly from that of traditional shipbuilder tradition. This was due to First lieutenant FCHHohlenberg as in his brief of office as so-called fabriksmester on Nyholm (years 1795-1803) laid the foundation for a significant structural changes to the liners as well as frigates.

In its design the ship was a close copy of the somewhat larger BROTHERS THE SEVENTH of 90 guns. The ship had a normal crew of 625 men but the disease was reduced to 576 at the time of the disastrous battle.

The vessel's data
The ship was classified as a 74 kanoners ship, but led only 66, as a proportion of these were of heavier caliber than planned.

Length was 53.6 m with a maximum width of 13.9 m. Dybgangen was about 6.35 metres, with agterskibet stuck in a part deeper than the bow. The ship was built by egetømmer and was held toget


W038British Warship Losses in Danish-Norwegian WatersEric NielsenWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W006Sailing WarshipsTeemuWeb Site
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
W039Danish Naval HistoryJohnny E BalsvedWeb Site

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