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Usedom and Ruden, 1715 1715 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. Not to scale. | RCIN 726087

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A map showing the positions of the Danish and Swedish fleets off the island of Ruden, in the entrance to Greifswalder Bay, July 1715. Great Northern War (1700-1721). Oriented with south-south-west to top (compass rose).

The action shown here was part of the Pomeranian Campaign of 1715-1716, in which an Allied army of Prussian, Danish and Saxon troops fought against the Swedes in the Swedish areas of northern Germany. This sketch, in Danish, shows the Danish fleet, comprising ships of the line and flat barges and frigates, commanded by Vice Admiral Christian Thomesen Sehested (1664-1736).

The sketch is not drawn to scale. It shows the island of Grips Wals Oe (Greifswalder Oie 54°14'37"N 13°54'39"E) to the left, and Fresendorp (now Freesendorfer See 54°09'45"N 13°41'15"E). The ‘esckwends batterie’ is located on the peninsula of ‘Iserhoved’ (Thiessow 54°16'38"N 13°42'56"E) on the island of Rugen.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Indistinct, two letters

    Mark, stamped: 151

    Condition: no fold lines. Trimmed to edge of image; edges repaired with paper strips. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: not stated. Not to scale.

    24.8 x 35.2 cm (neatline)

    26.7 x 37.3 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Usedom July 1715.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [on the face of the map, left, black pencil, in a later hand:] Oster Dieffe. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, cropped and illegible]; [top left, black pencil:] VII; [top right, black pencil, erased:] Usedom.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Usedom A drawn Plan of the position of the Danish and Swedish Fleets before the Island of Usedom on the Coast of Pomerania in July 1715.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Usedom Island, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (54°00'00"N 14°00'00"E)

    Ruden Island, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (54°12'22"N 13°46'17"E)

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