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A spectacular hijacking
The Swedish naval vessel St. Johannes, whose home port was the northern German city of Stralsund, is transporting 120 Danish prisoners of war. But the prisoners rise up, take control of the ship and are able to sail it to Copenhagen. Without much ado, the St. Johannes changes sides between two arch rivals who are at war with one another: Sweden and Denmark.
In Danish service
The Swedish and Dutch fleet engage one another on 29 October 1658 in a major naval battle in the Öresund. From Kronborg Castle outside of Elsinore, Sweden’s king Charles X Gustav has to witness a painful defeat.
The Netherlands have united with Denmark in order to ensure that Sweden is not able to gain too much power in the Baltic. The day after the battle, the defeated Swedish fleet sails to Landskrona. On 31 October, the bulk of the fleet has reached safety, but a Danish naval force tries to attack the vessels that have not yet made it. They are unsuccessful and one of these Danish ships is the St. Johannes that changed sides.