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Dutch ship Gelijkheid
Dutch navy ship Prins Frederik a.k.a. Gelijkheid.png
Plans for the ship Prins Frederik.
Career (Dutch Republic) Dutch Navy Ensign
Name: Prins Frederik Willem
Laid down: June 1777
Commissioned: 1781
Decommissioned: 1795
Career (Batavian Republic) Batavian Navy Ensign
Name: Gelijkheid
Commissioned: 1795
In service: 1795
Out of service: 1797
Captured: 11 October 1797
Fate: Captured
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Gelykheid
Acquired: 1797
Commissioned: 1797
Decommissioned: 1814
Reclassified: Prison ship in 1799
Guardship from 1803
Sheer hulk from 1807
Fate: Disposed, 1814
General characteristics
Class & type: 68-gun third rate
ship of the line
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

The Prins Frederik Willem was a Dutch 68-gun third 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 Meuse.[1]

In 1795, the ship was renamed Gelijkheid (Equality). On 11 October 1797 the Gelijkheid took part in the Battle of Camperdown. The ship was captured by the British and renamed HMS Gelykheid.[2][3]

In 1799, the Gelykheid was a prison ship at Chatham. In November 1803 the ship was stationed in the Humber as a guardship. In 1807, Gelykheid was fitted out as sheer hulk at Falmouth, and she was disposed in 1814.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Maritiem Digitaal NL". maritiemdigitaal.nl. http://www.maritiemdigitaal.nl/index.cfm?event=search.getdetail&id=100101513. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  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), 197.
  3. 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), 273.
  4. "HMS Gelykheid". pbenyon.plus.com. http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/G/01958.html. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 

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