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Dutch ship Beschermer
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Figurehead of the ship Beschermer.
Career (Dutch Republic) Dutch Navy Ensign
Name: Beschermer
Builder: Enkhuizen
Laid down: 1781
Launched: 1874
Career (Batavian Republic) Batavian Navy Ensign
Name: Beschermer
Captured: 30 August 1799
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Beschermer
Acquired: 1799
Commissioned: 1799
Decommissioned: 1806
Out of service: Lent to the East India Dock Company in 1806
Reclassified: Guard ship in 1801
Store ship from 1805
Fate: Sold, September 1838
General characteristics
Class & type: 54-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,051 6794 (bm)
Length: 145 ft 1 in (44.2 m) (gundeck)
118 ft 7 in (36.1 m) (keel)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.4 m)
Depth of hold: 16 ft 4 in (5.0 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:

In British service
Lower gundeck: 24 × 18-pounder guns
Upper gundeck: 24 × 32-pounder carronades
Quarterdeck: 6 × 32-pounder carronades
Forecastle: 2 × 32-pounder carronades
As refitted
20 × 24-pounder guns
20 × 18-pounder guns
Quarterdeck: 6 × 6-pounder guns

Forecastle: 2 × 6-pounder guns

The Beschermer (Protector) was a Dutch 54-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the navy of the Dutch Republic, the Batavian Republic, and the Royal Navy. The order to construct the ship was given by the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier.[1]

In 1795, the ship was commissioned in the Batavian Navy.

On 11 October 1797 the Beschermer took part in the Battle of Camperdown under Captain Dooitze Eelkes Hinxt. The ship escaped the battle after Hinxt was severely wounded.[2]

In 1799, the Beschermer, under Captain Eilbrach, was surrendered to the British during the Vlieter Incident. In 1801, the Beschermer served as a guard ship in the Swin. She was fitted as a storeship in 1805. The Beschermer was lent to the East India Dock Company for use as a hulk at Blackwall in 1806 until she was sold for breaking up in September 1838.[3][4]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. J.F. Fischer Fzn. De Delft: De dagjournalen met de complete en authentieke geschiedenis van 's Lands schip van oorlog Delft en de waarheid over de zeeslag bij Camperduin (Franeker: Van Wijnen, 1997), 135.
  2. J.F. Fischer Fzn. De Delft: De dagjournalen met de complete en authentieke geschiedenis van 's Lands schip van oorlog Delft en de waarheid over de zeeslag bij Camperduin (Franeker: Van Wijnen, 1997), 342.
  3. http://www.ageofnelson.org/MichaelPhillips/info.php?ref=0319
  4. Winfield. British Warships of the Age of Sail 1793–1817. p. 269. 

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