Battle of Køge Bay (1710)

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For the 1676 battle, see Battle of Køge Bay.
Battle of Køge Bay (1710)
Part of the Great Northern War
Danish ship Dannebroge caught on fire
Danish ship Dannebroge caught on fire by Christian Mølsted
Date 24 September 1710
Location Køge bay, Denmark
Result Indecisive
Belligerents
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Empire Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark-Norway
Commanders and leaders
Hans Wachtmeister Ulrik C. Gyldenløve
Strength
30 ships:
21 ships of the line
47 ships:
27 ships of the line
Casualties and losses
2 ships ran aground 1 ship exploded
541 dead only on the ship Dannebroge
5 merchant ships captured shortly after the battle

This indecisive battle took place on 4 October 1710, during the Great Northern War, in Køge Bay, just south of Copenhagen. Denmark had 26 ships of the line and 5 frigates with 1808 guns, and Sweden had 21 ships of the line and several frigates with 1512 guns. The Danish ship Dannebroge exploded and of and the 550-man crew only 9 survived. The Swedish ships Tre Kronor and Prinsessan Ulrika Eleonora ran aground. Because of the weather the battle could not continue.

Ships involved[edit]

Denmark (Gyldenløve)[edit]

Elephant 90 (flag)
Fredericus IV 110
Dannebroge 94 - Blew up
Justitia 90
Norske Løve 84
Tre Løver 78
Prinds Christian 76
Sophia Hedvig 76
Wenden 72
Dronning Louisa 70
Haffru 70
Beskjermer 64
Ebenetzer 64
Svan 60
Oldenborg 52
Sværdfisk 52
Tomler 52
Fyen 50
Island 50

Sweden (Wachtmeister)[edit]

Göta Lejon 90 (flag)
Enigheten 94
Tre Kronor 86 - Aground, scuttled next day
Wenden 82
Sverige 82
Prinsessan Hedvig 80
Prinsessan Ulrika 80 - Aground, scuttled next day
Gota 76
Nordstjernan 76
Prins Carl 76
Prins Carl Fredrik 72
Småland 70
Karlskrona 70
Skåne 68
Bremen 64
Fredrika Amalia 62
Westmanland 62
Pommern 56
Södermanland 56
Wachtmeister 56
Werden 54
Several fireships - Burnt? 2 days later

Sources[edit]

  • Lars Ericson Wolke (2011), Sjöslag och Rysshärjningar s. 130-133
  • Gunnar Unger (1923). Illustrerad Svensk Sjökrigshistoria omfattande tiden intill 1680-1814. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag
  • Lars Ericson Wolke, Martin Hårdstedt (2009), Svenska sjöslag