WELCOME TO FREGATTEN JYLLAND
1 ship – 1000 stories
- Visit the original Danish wooden warship ‘Fregatten Jylland’ of 1860!
- Feel the tug of history, when you board the ship that still carries the smell of wood and tar mixed with the lavender in the royal chambers.
- See the beautiful craftsmanship and experience how the carpenters are working tirelessly to preserve this national treasure.
- Help us find the scallywag who stole Karl’s pocket knife.
- Bring your family, your dog or your parrot! Everyone is welcome!
The wooden frigate ‘Jylland’ is one of the longest and most significant historic wooden ships in the world. Built in 1857-1860, it was both the first and last warship in the Danish navy with an originally inbuilt steam driven engine and sails – a cutting edge hybrid of its time, superior in speed with its long and slender hull.
It survived 18 hits during the battle of Heligoland 1864 and worked as a royal ship, sailing King Christian IX to the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Saint Petersburg in 1874 and 1876. Since then, the old warship has functioned as lodging for soldiers and children of the rural districts of Denmark, as exhibition facilities of the National Exhibition of 1909 and others. Many times, it has faced the destruction of slow decay and being sold for scraps.
Thanks to ardent people, skilled craftsmen and generous foundations, the proud ship survived and now resides in its dry dock in Ebeltoft.
- 1860: The Frigate Jylland is launched on the Danish islet Holmen in Copenhagen
- 1864: Participates in the war against Austria and Prussia at the Battle of Helgoland.
- 1874: The frigate is converted into a royal yacht. Takes King Christian IX to the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
- 1874-1887: Expeditions to the West Indies, Cadiz, Venezuela and the North Sea.
- 1908: Sold to be broken up in Hamburg – and bought back.
- 1960: Towed to Ebeltoft