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Dom Fernando II e Glória

Frigate Dom Fernando II e Glória, 1878.jpg
The Dom Fernando II e Glória, anchored in Ponta Delgada, Azores, during her last sea mission in 1878
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Name: Dom Fernando II e Glória
Ordered: 1821
Builder: Shipyards of the Royal Navy Arsenal at Daman, Portuguese India
Launched: 22 October 1843
Maiden voyage: 2 February 1845
In service: 1845
Status: Preserved as a museum ship in Almada, Portugal
General characteristics
Class and type: 50-gun Frigate
Displacement: 1.849,16 tons
Length: 284 ft (87 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draught: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails - 22,190 sq ft (2.052,2 m2)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Complement: 145 to 379 crew. 270 passengers.

Dom Fernando II e Glória is a wooden-hulled, 50 gun frigate of the Portuguese Navy. She was launched in 1843 and made her maiden voyage in 1845. Built at the shipyard of Daman in the Portuguese India, it was Portugal's last sailing warship to be built and also the last ship that undertook the Carreira da Índia (India Run), a regular military line that connected Portugal to its colonies in India since the beginning of the 16th century.

The ship remained in active service until 1878, when she made her last sea voyage, having travelled more than one hundred thousand miles, the equivalent of five circumnavigations of the world.

After long service it was almost destroyed by a fire in 1963 with the burned wooden-hull remaining beached at the mud-flats of the river Tagus for the next 29 years. Finally in 1990 the Portuguese Navy decided to restore her to her appearance in the 1850s. During the World Exhibition of 1998 the ship remained in Lisbon as a museum ship on the dependency of the Navy Museum, being classified as an Auxiliary Navy Unit (UAM 203). Since 2008, the ship lies on the southern margin of the Tagus river in Cacilhas, Almada.

In 1821, the Intendant of the Royal Navy of Goa, Cândido José Mourão Garcez Palha, proposed to the Portuguese government the construction of a new frigate in the Portuguese colony of Daman, who possessed to the east a large forest of teak wood in Nagar-Aveli, considered to be an excellent wood for ship building. The authorization for the construction was given in 1824, by the Portuguese king João VI. The civil war period and the political and economical problems in Portugal, delayed the construction for several times throughout the years. She was built in the Shipyards of the Royal Navy Arsenal under the supervision of the naval builder engineer Gil José da Conceição, being involved in its construction both Portuguese and Indian workers. She was finally launched in 1843, and towed to Goa for fitting out as a full-rigged ship.

  • Transporting military units, settlers, colonial administrators throughout the Empire, and even degredados to the Portuguese colonies in Africa and India.
  • Transporting in 1852 to the Portuguese island of Madeira, the Empress consort of Brazil Amélie of Leuchtenberg, and her daughter Princess Maria Amélia of Brazil who was sick with tuberculosis and was looking for a good climate to recover from her disease, dying however five months after the arrival.
  • Transporting to Angola in 1854 the Portuguese explorer António da Silva Porto and the thirteen members of is expedition after their completion of the crossing of Africa, from the coast of Angola to the coast of Mozambique.
  • Participation in May 1855 as flagship of a Portuguese naval force in Ambriz, Angola, against a local rebellion.
  • Participation in 1860 in the colonization of Huíla, Angola, transporting sheep and horses from South Africa to Angola.
  • Lincoln P. Paine, Warships of the world to 1900 (2000)
  • Yossi Dotan, Watercraft on World Coins: Europe, 1800-2005 (2007)
  • Revista da Armada, number 305 and 306, Jan. and Feb. (1998)


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