History 17 August 2015 10 677
. Artillery fire, battleships in full sail, Russian galleys on the attack, the Swedish admiral orders the white flag to be raised… This is no history lesson but an account of a large-scale naval reenactment held near the town of Hanko, in Finland. 300 years ago the Russian fleet recorded its first naval victory, defeating the powerful Swedish fleet at the Battle of Gangut. Our film crew was on hand to shoot all the action, as enthusiasts from Russia and Finland travelled back to the 18th century to commemorate the historic victory.