"Tre Løver" using Langton's Anglo-Dutch 1:200 range.
Returning this week to one of my favorite subjects, naval warfare.
I’m continuing the expansion of my Danish navy for the Scanian War, with the overall goal of representing the 3 squadrons of Danish admiral Niel Juel at a 1:4 ratio.
The Battle of Køge Bay.
A Danish Warship has caught fire.
Historically the squadrons contained around 12 warships, so with the 1:4 ratio, this means 3 model warships per squadron. With a total of three squadrons, that sets my goal at nine ships in total.
Tre Løver, or Three Lions.
The Royal Danish Coat of Arms.
Nine models seems like a realistic target in terms of painting, but also a fair sized collection, enabling me to scale my games from the basic 2 player “squadron vs squadron” sized games, and up to games of 3 players per side, with each player commanding their own squadron.
Tre Løver (on the left) next to Churprindsen for size comparison.
She is a small but mean lady!
Based on the historical deployment of Niels Juel’s navy at the Battle of Køge Bay (probably the most prominent victory in Danish naval history), I’ve decided on the following ships for me three squadrons:
1. Squadron – Admiral Marquor Rodsten
Norske Løve (Eng; “Norwegian Lion”): crew 568 : guns 86
Fredericus Tertius: crew 260 : guns 52
Christianus Quartus: crew 272 : 54
2. Squadron – Admiral Niel Juel
Christianus Quintus: crew 567 : guns 84
Churprindsen (Eng: “The Electoral Prince”): crew 454 : guns 74
Tre Løver (Eng: “Three Lions”): crew 286 : guns 58
3. Squadron – Admiral Jens Rodsten
Tre Croner (Eng: “Three Crowns): crew 420 : guns 68
Charlotta Amalia: crew 322 : guns 58
Gyldenløve (Eng: “Golden Lion”): crew 268: guns 56
With the addition of Tre Løver, I now have the complete 2. Squadron, commanded by Admiral Niels Juel. In the spirit of my blog, here is a short account of Tre Løver.
"The morning after"
Sailors are trying to salvage usable debris after the battle.
The warship Tre Løver
She was initially planned in 1656, just before the outbreak of war with Sweden.
The commission went to ship builder Master James Robbins, who would have the facilities of the Royal Danish Wharfs at Bremerholmen at his disposal for the construction. Finished in 1657, Tre Løver would measure a 139 feet and weigh just about 1.000 tons.
Another size comparing view of the two ships.
She was smaller than her fellow 2. Squadron warships Christianus Quintus and Churprindsen, but she was fast, manoeuvrable and dealt good damage during her engagements with the enemy. Tre Løver was present at both the Battle of Öland and the Battle of Køge Bay – both mayor naval victories, leading to continued Danish maritime supremacy during the Scanian War, preventing the Swedish Army to reinforce their German territories, while enabling continued Danish reinforcements to the not equally successful army operation in Scanian.
The Naval bastion at Christiansø.
Tre Løver was finally comdemned and sunk outside the Danish Naval bastion at Christiansø in 1686. She had served the Navy in over 30 years, seen action in two of Denmark's greatest naval victories. A good third addition to my Scanian War fleet.
Thank you very much for reading!