During the Crimean War English navy destroyed Ostrobothnian coastal cities docks and storage areas. With magistrate Anders Donners initiative Kokkola decided to defence themselves. In the summer of 1854 during the skirmish of Halkokari, a gunboat was captured with its crew.
The captured gunboat with its battle damage still visible is on display in the ‘English Park’ in Kokkola. The gunboat, as we know, is the only gunboat in the world which is captured from English royals in the battle.