Jeppe Prætorius

Jeppe Prætorius (4 July 1745 – 6 April 1823) was a Danish merchant and shipowner.

Jeppe Prætorius
Jeppe Prætorius by Flint.jpg
Engraving by Andreas Flint
Died6 April 1823(1823-04-06) (aged 77)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationIndustrialist, merchant, ship owner, ship builder
AwardsGrand Cross of the Dannebrog


Jeppe Prætorius' ship Kongen af Assianthe, 1803

Prætorius was born in Skærbæk near Tønder in Jutland. He moved to Copenhagen where he became bookkeeper for the Danish West India Company in 1796 before establishing his own trading house. He mainly traded on the Danish colonies and was involved in the liquidisation of Østersøiske-Guineiske Selskab in 1787. His fleet had a total ship tonnage of more than 200 kommercelæster (just over 500 t) in 1797. The war with England in 1807 hit his business hard but he managed to keep it afloat. On 31 August 1807 HMS Niobe and Argus captured his ship Kongen af Assianthe (King of Ashanti). Between 1797 and 1 January 1803, when the abolition of Danish participation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade took effect, she had made three voyages carrying slaves from West Africa to the Danish West Indies.

In 1802 Prætorius was elected to a leading post in Grosserersocietetet.[1]


Overgaden Neden Vandet 39, Christianshavn

He purchased the property at Overgaden neden Vandet 39 in 1792.[2]


Præstotius' two sons, Henrik Frederik Prætorius (30 March 1783 – 24 February 1862) Jacob Christian Prætorius (12 December 1784 /mdasj; 23 March 1859), took over the company after his death. Henrik Frederik Prætorius was later elected to the board of representatives of Bank of Denmark and served as its bank manager under L. N. Hvidt. He was also a member of Stænderforsamlingen in Roskilde in 1838, 1842 and 1844.


  1. ^ "Jeppe Prætorius". Dansk Biografisk Leksikonk (in Danish). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Overgaden neden Vandet 39" (in Danish). Danish Maritime Museum. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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