Battle of Dynekilen, 1716

Painting of the Battle by Carl Neumann, c.late 1800s. Original in the public domain.

Location Dynekilen Fjord, Sweden

After the Swedish defeat in the Battle of Poltava in 1709, Denmark-Norway (then united) declared War on Sweden. King Charles XII of Sweden figured he might as well conquer his Norwegian neighbors, but he took a while to accomplish it. In 1716, a sizable reinforcement fleet had been assembled in Dynekilen fjord, comprised of forty-four ships. A Danish-Norwegian squadron of just seven ships managed to surprise it on 8 July, 1716. (28 June, in the old Julian calendar.) After fighting past a small fort at the entrance to the fjord, the small force defeated the largest Swedish ship, Stenbock. They then turned their attention to the remaining Swedish ships, whose crews beached and attempted to burn them. However, despite continued musket fire from shore, the Danish-Norwegians managed to capture thirty of the forty-four ships, and take their prizes from the harbor. The remaining fourteen Swedes were destroyed. The annihilation of the reinforcements forced Charles to withdraw from Norway, in anticipation of a counter-invasion.