Battle of Falsterbo

12th September 1657
Part of : Dano-Swedish War (1657 - 1660)
Next action : Battle of Sound 29th October 1658



Swedish Squadron, Klas Hansson Bjelkenstjerna
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
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
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
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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