Battle of Falsterbo

12th September 1657
Part of : Dano-Swedish War (1657 - 1660)
Next action : Battle of Sound 29.10.1658



Swedish Squadron, Klas Hansson Bjelkenstjerna (1615-1662)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Draken (66)  Fleet Flagship
Kronan (74)  
Caesar (60)  
Wismar (58)  
Carolus X (56)  
Hercules (50)  
Amarant (50)  
Morgonstjärnan (48)  
Maria (46)  
Apollo (46)  
Månen (46)  
Falken (46)  
Mercurius (46)  
Svärdet (44)  
Mars (44)  
Västervik (44)  
Småland (44)  
Örnen (40)  
Nordstjärnan (40)   Hired Merchantman
Rafael (36)  
Leoparden (36)  
Fides (36)  
Svan (36)  
Samson (28)   Hired Merchantman
Fenix (28)   Hired Merchantman
Halvmånen (28)   Hired Merchantman
Hjorten (36)  
Fortuna (24)  
Salvator (22)  
Vesterviksoxe (22)   Hired Merchantman
Leoparden (16)   Hired Merchantman


Danish Squadron, Christian Bjelke (d.1687)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Trefoldighed (66)  Fleet Flagship
Tre Løver (52)  
Victoria (44)  
Lindormen (44)  
Norske Løve (42)  
Spes (40)  
Hannibal (40)  
Tre Kroner (36)  
Delmenhorst (34)  
Pelikanen (34)  
Graa Ulv (30)  
Neldebladet (26)  
Justitia (24)  
Sorte Bjørn (18)  

Notes on Action

Description of the actionNWB
Bjelke tried to avoid action and steered towards Kjoge Bay, but the Swedes, being to windward, prevented his escape.
However, many of the Swedish ships behaved badly, so that Bjelkenstjerna's flagship, the Drake 66, was not properly
supported and suffered considerable damage. The action began about 4 p.m. and lasted till nightfall, but it was never more than partial. According to some accounts Bjelke was joined that evening by Niels Juel from Copenhagen with eleven ships, but this is very doubtful. At any rate, next day the Danes were quite ready to give battle. As before, the Swedes were to windward; there was a strong easterly wind and a heavy sea, and this, coupled with the disinclination of many of the Swedes to come to close quarters, prevented a decisive action, though fighting went on from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both flagships were much knocked about, and a good deal of damage done to hulls and spars on either side, though the losses in men were comparatively small. The Danes are said to have lost 60 killed and 100 wounded; the Swedes. 40 killed. Next morning the weather was too bad to renew the action; the Danish fleet withdrew to Copenhagen, and the Swedes, leaving four ships to watch them, anchored ofi Dornbusch, on the northwest of Eiigen. On the 16th the Swedish scouts returned, and were replaced by five others. Next day, finding his anchorage insecure, Bjelkenstjerna moved to Jasmund, on the east coast of Riigen, and on the 23rd, after picking up his five cruisers, he anchored at Wismar.


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