Statue of Niels Juel

Statue of Niels Juel

Mogens Bregnbaek
Niels Juel (8 May 1629 – 8 April 1697) was a Danish-Norwegian admiral. Brother of diplomat Jens Juel and oldest son of Erik Juel and Sophie Clausdatter Sehested, both were descendant of Danish nobility.[1][2]. He was born at Christiania in Norway, though his family came from Jutland. His mother was temporarily staying in Norway during the invasion of the Danish peninsula in 1627-1628 by the army of Albrecht von Wallenstein in the Thirty Years' War. From age of 6 was he brought up by his aunt Karen Sehested at Stenalt in Denmark. He served his naval apprenticeship under Maarten Tromp and Michiel de Ruyter, taking part in all the chief engagements of the First Anglo-Dutch War (1652–54) between England and the Netherlands. During a long indisposition at Amsterdam in 1655-1656 he acquired a thorough knowledge of shipbuilding, and returned to Denmark in 1656 a thoroughly equipped seaman. He served with distinction during the Dano-Swedish Wars of 1658-60 and took a prominent part in the defence of Copenhagen against Charles X of Sweden. (source: Wikipedia)
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