Danish Warship Open for Free Public Tours in Fells Point Today and Tomorrow

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Courtesy Sail Baltimore
Courtesy Sail Baltimore

A Danish warship arrived in Baltimore this week and will be open for free public tours today and on Saturday.

The HDMS Peter Willemoes, a 458-foot frigate, is docked at the Fells Point Broadway Pier. The ship will be open for tours today, Nov. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is the first visit to Baltimore for the vessel, the second of three Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates commissioned between 2012 and 2014. The seven-deck warship features 15 watertight sections built to reduce radar signature, infrared radiation, underwater noise and magnetic signature to avoid detection from an enemy.

The Peter Willemoes is divided into six hazard zones, all equipped with separate filters to protect the crew against chemical, radioactive or biological weapon attacks, with additional airlocks provided between them. Its artillery consists of several different missiles, machine guns and anti-submarine torpedoes. Other features include a helicopter deck and hangar.

The ship is named after Danish naval hero First Lieutenant Peter Willemoes, who died in battle at the age of 24 while fighting the British in 1808. At the age of four, Willemoes was registered as a sea cadet, and at 12 he entered the Royal Danish Naval Academy in Copenhagen. Willemoes was 17 when he was named commander of the Fleet battery No. 1. He was known for his courage and spirit in the battle against Admiral Horatio Nelson’s flagship, HMS Elephant.

One of the largest ships to visit Baltimore this year as part of the Sail Baltimore program, the Peter Willemoes is scheduled to leave Fells Point at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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