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Coordinates: 51°54′08″N 4°27′06″E / 51.90221°N 4.45154°E / 51.90221; 4.45154

Dutch ship Delft (1783)
De Delft.jpg
Model of the Delft at Shipyard Rotterdams Welvaren
Career (Dutch Republic) Dutch Navy Ensign
Name: Delft
Ordered: 27 May 1782
Commissioned: 16 May 1783
Out of service: 19 January 1795
Career (Batavian Republic) Batavian Navy Ensign
In service: 19 January 1795
Captured: 11 October 1797
Fate: Sank on 15 October 1797
General characteristics
Class & type: 56-gun fourth rate
ship of the line
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

The Delft was a Dutch 56-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the navy of the Dutch Republic and the Batavian Republic.

The order to construct the ship was given on 27 May 1782 by the Admiralty of the Meuse. The ship was commissioned on 16 May 1783 by the United Netherlands Navy.

On 24 December 1787 the Delft set sail on a mission against the Barbary pirates and protected Dutch traders in the Mediterranean.

For the ship's second mission starting 31 May 1793 Theodorus Frederik van Capellen became the new commanding officer. During this mission 75 Dutch slaves were freed from Algiers.

In 1795 the Dutch Republic was conquered by the French and the new Batavian Republic was founded. Delft was initially disarmed by the French (because they feared that it could be used by Orangist rebels) but the ship was later reactivated to participate in the war with Britain. Gerrit Verdooren van Asperen became her captain.

On 11 October 1797 the Delft took part in the Battle of Camperdown. Despite heavy resistance the ship was captured by the British and sank off Scheveningen four days later while being towed to Britain.

Since 2001 work had been underway in Rotterdam to build a replica of the Delft at Historical Shipyard Rotterdams Welvaren (Dutch language: Historische werf Rotterdams Welvaren ) in Delfshaven, near to the place where the original ship was built.

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