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Euromodel Friedrich Wilhelm
Length 36.5" Height 32.75" Scale 1:47

The legend: The “Friedrich Wilhelm”, a German frigate, was built between 1660 and 1661 in the shipyard of Pillau Princpautè by Mr. G.C. Peckelhering. It’s length was 125 feet, the width 32 feet and the tonnage about 900 tons. The ship was designed with 50/60 guns and a crew of 250 men. The “Friedrich Wilhelm” made several trips ... in 1685 from Pillau to Emden, in September 1691 from Emden to Shetland Islands under the guide of Captain Jean Le Sage as an escort for the “Derfflinger”. On July 25 1692, along with a large fleet, the “Friedrich Wilhelm” sailed from Emden, heading towards Guinea. During the trip it and the “Salamander” won a victory over a French ship. At this time in history, Brandeburg was at war France. In the night of October 30/31 1692. three French ships fought the “Friedrich Wilhelm” With the first cannonades, Captain Jean Le Sage was killed and the ship was set on fire.

The Reality: I can find evidence of a ship of the same name acquired by Brandenberg in 1678. However it was renamed Wappen von Brandenberg in 1681 and Dorothea in 1682. The ship was built in a different shipyard named Kolberg.

Euromodel Friedrich Wilhelm