Friday, July 28, 2023



Danish Admiral Peter Tordenskjold toasts his enemies, by 19th century artist Christian Mølsted (1862-1930). Date 1925

“On guns and cups”, depicting the episode 27th july 1714 where the Danish frigate Lövendals Galley commanded by Danish-Norwegian officer Tordenskjold encounters the Swedish-owned, former English frigate De Olbing Galley on the Swedish westcoast. After a long fight the Danish ship runs out of gunpowder, and the ships part after a toast between the two opponents.

Peter Jansen Wessel Tordenskiold on 12 November 1720, at the age of 30, he was killed in a duel by Livonian colonel Jakob Axel Staël von Holstein. Tordenskiold was in the hands of the rapier , while von Holstein was armed with a heavy broadsword (belonging to the type “Karolinerverge”, “Karolinska sword”).


  1. Steve the EngineerJuly 29, 2023 at 4:20 AM

    Lovely depiction of brass cannons. That's some serious swashbuckling sh*t right there. And the rules of engagement were if one side runs out of gunpowder you call it quits and come back another day? AWESOME.

  2. Steve the EngineerJuly 29, 2023 at 5:04 AM

    The Wiki page has some interesting details (I know, wiki - but hey it's a short review and likely is mostly based on written history). Worth a look.

  3. Ran out of gunpowder, but still had something to drink.
    The very definition of a sailor.