Special exhibition 'In Smoke and Fire' - The battel in Fehmarn Belt, 1644

The special exhibition 'In Smoke and Fire' at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde
Published 19th May 2021

From 1643-45, there is a feud between Sweden and Denmark - and on a cold October day in 1644, the final, bloody showdown between these two hereditary enemies takes place. In the Fehmarn Belt, a dramatic naval battle is fought, sending three ships to the seabed. Hundreds of years later, maritime archaeologists investigate the wrecks prior to the construction of a tunnel between Lolland and Fehmarn.

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The exhibition ‘In Smoke and Flames’ is the result of several years of research, carried out by Danish and German researchers from the Viking Ship Museum and the Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig ‐ Holstein, on behalf of Femern A/S. With the discovery of the three shipwrecks, Swarte ArentLindormen and Delmenhorst, we can bring to life the gruesome events that mark the beginning of the end of Denmark’s power in the Baltic Sea.

A timeline that lets you follow the course of history, year by year, month by month, day by day and hour by hour. From Christian IV increasing the Sound Toll and the Swedish invasion of Jutland, to the fateful battle in Fehmarn Belt and the subsequent peace negotiations, and, not least, the maritime archaeological investigations of the shipwrecks in 2012 and 2020.

Read more about the exhibitions here