Prinz Wilhelm (14)
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Origin and History
By a Cabinet Order dated July 16 1757, Frederick II ordered the creation of a small flotilla in Stettin to protect the Pomeranian Coast against the Swedish Navy. The flotilla was made of rented transport and fish boats.
By the end of 1758, the Prussian flotilla was ready.
During the Seven Years' War, the galliot was under the command of:
- since end of 1758: Captain Braunschweig
The galliot was sunk or captured on September 10 1759.
Service during the War
On September 10 1759, the galliot took part in the Combat of Neuwarp where it was deployed in the centre of the first line. The galliot was lost (sunk or captured) in this combat.
Galliots were small two-masted coastal vessels with gaff rigged sails and square sails at the main-mast and a gaff rigged sail at the mizzen-mast. They often had three jibs between the main-mast and the bowsprit. Since they usually served to transport wood, they had a wide and sturdy hull. For their military role, they were equipped with oars to increase their mobility.
21 soldiers (from Garrison Regiment No. I Puttkammer)
|Length||between 13 and 22 m.|
|Width||between 3.5 and 5.5 m.|
|Depth||between 2.5 and 3 m.|
|Displacement||no information found|
Cremer, Peter: Die preussischen Landregimenter & -milizen, die Stettiner Haff-Flotille und das Verpflegungswesen der Armee 1756-1753, KLIO-Arbeitgruppe, Heimbach, 1987
N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.