HDMS Jylland

Coordinates: 56°11′57″N 10°40′26″E / 56.19917°N 10.67389°E / 56.19917; 10.67389
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Jylland in the museum dedicated to it, Ebeltoft, Denmark 2005.
BuilderNaval War Yard, Copenhagen
Laid downJune 11, 1857
LaunchedNovember 20, 1860
CommissionedMay 15, 1862
StatusMuseum ship in Ebeltoft, Denmark
NotesDesigned by Dock Master O. F. Suenson
General characteristics
Class and typeNiels Juel-class sail- and screw propelled steam frigate
Displacement2456 tons
Length102 m (335 ft)
Beam13.5 m (44 ft)
Draft6 m (20 ft)
Sail plansquare-rigged ship
  • 11 kn (20 km/h) on steam
  • 12 kn (22 km/h) on sail

Jylland is one of the world's largest wooden warships, and is both a screw-propelled steam frigate and a sailship. It took part in the Battle of Heligoland on 9 May 1864, and is preserved as a museum ship in the small town of Ebeltoft, located on the Djursland peninsula in Denmark.


She was built for the Royal Danish Navy in 1860 as a sailing frigate with an auxiliar screw-drive steam engine and a wooden hull.[1] The figurehead was carved by the sculptor Julius Magnus Petersen and represents the region of Jutland in the form of the shepherd's rod and the fishing net.[2]


During the Second War of Schleswig in 1864, she participated in the naval action against the Austrian-Prussian fleet in the Battle of Heligoland on 9 May 1864. Jylland along with Niels Juel and Heimdall bested two Austrian frigates and three small Prussian gunboats, but was unable to maintain the blockade of the Prussian North Sea ports. Jylland sustained considerable damage during the battle.[3]

By 1874, she was in use as a training ship for naval cadets.[4] In the 1890s she was reduced to stationary use and barely escaped scrapping in 1908. She served as a barracks and training ship between 1892 and 1908.[1] It was, however, decided to preserve her and she was towed to Ebeltoft in 1960. The hulked frigate further deteriorated until she was placed in dry dock in 1984.[1] Restoration proved to be a major task; over 60% of the timber had to be replaced in addition to the rigging, armament, engines and loose gear.

In Danish, she is known as simply Fregatten Jylland, although several ships have used this name. The restoration efforts were completed in 1994 and she is on permanent display in dry dock at the town of Ebeltoft, Denmark. A commemorative coin was issued by the National Bank of Denmark.[5]

Jylland is the last surviving screw frigate.



  1. ^ The Danish equivalent of a long hundredweight (112 imperial pounds, 50.8 kg) or quintal is the da:Centnter of 100 Danish pounds (da:Pund (masseenhed), 496 g)
  2. ^ The old Danish inch (da:Tomme) measures 2.61545 cm, whereas the imperial inch measures 2.54 cm exactly.
  1. ^ a b c Lincoln P. Paine (2000). Warships of the World to 1900. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0-395-98414-9.
  2. ^ Leggett, Don (2016-05-16), "List of figures", Shaping the Royal Navy, Manchester University Press, doi:10.7765/9781526111876.00003, ISBN 9781526111876
  3. ^ Michael Embree (2007). Bismarck's First War: The Campaign of Schleswig and Jutland 1864. Helion & Company Limited. pp. 281–286. ISBN 978-1-906033-03-3.
  4. ^ "Shipping Intelligence". Western Mail. No. 1520. Cardiff. 14 March 1874.
  5. ^ "The Frigate Jylland". National Bank of Denmark. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.


  • Brouwer, Norman J. The International Register of Historic Ships. 3rd ed. London: Chatham Publishing, 1999.
  • Robert J Gardiner (ed.). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1979.

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