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Battle of Falsterbo

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

 

Sweden

 
Swedish Squadron,
Klas Hansson BjelkenstjernaSwedish
Naval Sailor
Service 1615-1662
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Draken (66) 1656-1677
Swedish 66 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 Fleet Flagship
Kronan (74) 1633-1675
Swedish 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Caesar (60) 1648-1677
Swedish 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Wismar (58) 1646-1692
Swedish 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Carolus X (56) 1651-1692
Swedish 56 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
 
Hercules (50) 1650-1689
Swedish 50 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Amarant (50) 1653-1677
Swedish 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Morgonstjärnan (48) 1657-1658
Swedish 48 Gun
Hired Ship
 
Maria (46) 1648-1677
Swedish 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Apollo (46) 1654-1677
Swedish 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Månen (46) 1654-1698
Swedish 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Falken (46) 1654-1666
Swedish 46 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Mercurius (46) 1651-1670
Swedish 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Svärdet (44) 1626-1658
Swedish 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Mars (44) 1633-1660
Swedish 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Västervik (44) 1647-1676
Swedish 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Småland (44) 1657-1660
Swedish 44 Gun
Hired Ship
 
Örnen (40) 1644-1680
Swedish 40 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Nordstjärnan (40) 1657-1660
Swedish 40 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
Rafael (36) 1640-1660
Swedish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Leoparden (36) 1641-1658
Swedish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Fides (36) 1644-1669
Swedish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Svan (36) 1636-1659
Swedish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Samson (28) 1657-1660
Swedish 28 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
Fenix (28) 1657-1659
Swedish 28 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
Halvmånen (28) 1657-1660
Swedish 28 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
Hjorten (36) 1645-1680
Swedish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Fortuna (24) 1642-1668
Swedish 24 Gun
5th Rate Ship
 
Salvator (22) 1632-1669
Swedish 22 Gun
5th Rate Ship
 
Vesterviksoxe (22) 1657-1657
Swedish 22 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
Leoparden (16) 1657-1658
Swedish 16 Gun
Hired Ship
  Hired Merchantman
 

Denmark

 
Danish Squadron,
Christian BjelkeDanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1587-1687
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Trefoldighed (66) 1657-1676
Danish 66 Gun
3rd Rate Ship
 Fleet Flagship
Tre Løver (52) 1656-1686
Danish 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Victoria (44) 1647-1674
Danish 44 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Lindormen (44) 1654-1708
Danish 44 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Norske Løve (42) 1654-1666
Danish 42 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Spes (40) 1612-1673
Danish 40 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Hannibal (40) 1647-1720
Danish 40 Gun
4th Rate Ship
1658 Renamed "Svanen"
 
Tre Kroner (36) 1632-1670
Danish 36 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1665 Renamed "Nellebladet"
 
Delmenhorst (34) 1647-1658
Danish 34 Gun
4th Rate Ship
 
Pelikanen (34) 1641-1658
Danish 34 Gun
5th Rate Ship
 
Graa Ulv (30) 1642-1659
Danish 30 Gun
5th Rate Ship
 
Neldebladet (26) 1635-1665
Danish 26 Gun
4th Rate Ship
1654 Renamed "Neldebladet"
 
Justitia (24) 1609-1658
Danish 24 Gun
5th Rate Ship
 
Sorte Bjørn (18) 1640-1673
Danish 18 Gun
6th Rate Ship
 
 

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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