In 1807, Britain, doubting the neutrality of Denmark during the Napoleonic wars and fearing Napoleon would take control of the Baltic Sea, attacked Denmark. After two weeks of heavy bombardments, for the first time in history with rockets launched from ships, Denmark had to capitulate.
One condition for this capitulation was that Denmark had to hand over its entire fleet. Shipyards were destroyed, and shipbuilding tools were confiscated by the British, to forever cripple Denmark as a maritime force.
Following this disaster, in 1810 King Frederik VI ordered thousands of oaks to be planted for building new ships – 200 years later.
We managed to buy 15 of the last of these historic ship oaks from Naturstyrelsen, the Danish agency administering the State forests of Denmark. These oaks come from Gribskov, the 4th largest forest of Denmark, now a nature reserve.