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Postby Peter H » 13 Jun 2007 11:31

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S.M.S. Vulture watches the German interests during the Spanish- American war in the combat area Cuba Puerto Rico. Among other things twice transports civilians to Vera Cruz (Mexico).

S.M.S. Stosch and Charlotte visit Oran and become thereby the first German warships after 1871 to visit a French port. Attempt for the preparation of better relations between the two states.

The landing corps of the new gunboat Iltis is used into Tientsin for the protection of the Europeans.

The large cruiser Hansa, Hertha met before Taku and Empress Augusta, the small cruisers Gefion and Irene under Vice Admiral Bendemann send together with warships of other sea powers Landing detachements to Tientsin for the protection of their citizens.

A German, a British, a French, Japanese and three Russian gunboats fight together with international troops under captain of sea Pohl the Taku Forts closing the way from the coast to Peking down.Employment S.M.S. Iltis under lieutenant commander Lans...

Departure of the 1. Division of the Ith squadron (Brandenburg class) under countering admiral Geissler for the reinforcement of international naval forces in Eastern Asia.

The landing corps of the large cruiser prince Bismarck, the small cruiser Hela as well as S.M.S. Hansa and Hertha occupy together with German and foreign land troops the attachments with Schanhaikwan.

The 1. Division of the Ith squadron arrives from Eastern Asia in Wilhelmshaven.

S.M.S. Panther sinks the rebel cruiser Crète â Pierrot before Gonaives because of a Pirate attack against the German steamer Markomannia. The government of Haiti thanks officially the German government.

The German, British and Italian envoy demand from the government of Venezuela in vain repayment of debts to their residents citizens. German and British naval forces apply for four warships Venezuluan as pledge for the financial demands. Three are sunk because of unseaworthiness, the gunboat Restaurador is activated under German flag

The large cruiser Vineta and the British cruiser Charybdis fire at the Forts of Puerto Cabello. Activation of the East American cruiser division under Kommodore Scheder, existing (occasionally) from S.M.S. Vineta, falcon, Panther, Sperber, Stosch, Charlotte and the small cruiser Gazelle.

Blockade of the Venezolanischen ports by German, British and Italian warships.

Puerto Cabello is occupied by a German landing corps.

22. - 23.01.1903
S.M.S. Vineta, Gazelle and Panther fight their way San Carlos at the gulf of Maracaibo down.

Emperor Wilhelm II. awards,with overpowering of the Taku Forts 1900, the medal “Pour le mérite” to S.M.S. Iltis for its courageous employment.

Abolition of the blockade of Venezuela and return of the seized warship, since the government assures the payment of the debts.

Beginning of the rebellion of the Hereros in German southwest Africa. Since the rebellion area is exposed nearly completely by federations of the imperial colonial force, the first assistance of the gunboat Habicht consulted from Capetown comes.

Emperor Wilhelm II. instructs the education of a naval expedition corps for German southwest Africa.

Arrive S.M.S. Habicht before Swakopmund. The commander, lieutenant commander Gudewill, transfers the supreme command in the rebellion area. The landing corps secures and repairs the railway after Windhuk.

The landing corps S.M.S. Habicht reaches Okahandja and meets with the 2. Field company together.

The line Swakopmund Windhuk is firmly in the hand of the landing corps and fully ready for operation, the deletion of the supply from the homeland in the port prepared.

The naval expedition corps under major von Glasenapp, consisting of ever two companies of the Ith and IIITH sea-battalion as a naval infantry battalion, a machine gun department and the unit train, in addition the relief S.M.S. Habicht, arrive in Swakopmund.

On the occasion of the Russian-Japanese war the cruiser squadron in Eastern Asia is strengthened on three large ones, four small cruisers, two torpedo boats, four gunboats and three river gunboats.

Combat at the Liewenberg. The landing corps S.M.S. Habicht takes part in the operations of the imperial colonial force and their reserve formations.
19.02. Combat with bulk self-service arms.
25.02. Combat of the west department with Otjihinamaparero. The commander of the imperial colonial force, Colonel Leutwein, divides the naval expedition corps on the newly formed main, west and east department.
27.02. The largest part of the landing corps S.M.S. Habicht returns on board.
04.03. Combat of a mixed department with small Barmen.
13.03. Combat of the east department with Owikokorero.
16.03. Combat of the west department at the Omatakoberg. A typhoid fever and a malaria epidemic disease force to extracting the sea-soldiers and use in the stage service.

Combat of the east department with Okaharui.
09.04. Combat of the head department with Onganjira.
13.04. Combat of the head department with Okatumba.
03.05. Dissolution of the east department because of the typhoid fever epidemic disease after pacification of the area between Windhuk and the British border. The sea-soldiers find only in the stage use

After against the Japanese win the sea-battle with Schantung (10. 8.), arrive the Russian liner Zessarewitsch, the cruiser Nowik and five torpedo boats for internment in Tsingtau. In order to prevent Japanese attacks, the ships of the German cruiser squadron cross combat clear before the port and the bay.

S.M.S. Vineta supports the imperial colonial force in loading cutting bay during the preparations for retiring the reinforcement readdressed from the homeland against the insurgent Hottentotten.

Beginning of the Maji rebellion in German East Africa, plotted by chieftains and medicine men in the little opened south.
04.08. The unprotected cruiser Bussard carries a department of the imperial colonial force after Kilwa Kivindje and occupies the port by a Landungsdetachement.
05. - 13.08. A Landungsdetachement S.M.S. Bussard secures the coastal place Ssamanga.
05.08. A further Landungsdetachement protects Mohoro at the Rufiji delta.
23.08. S.M.S. Bussard lands in Lindi and Mikindani troops for the protection of the population. The ship lies operationally before Saadani and Lindi.
09.09. S.M.S. Bussard in Daressalam. The cruiser has only sieved man of the maritime crew except the machine personnel on board.
15.09. A department of 172 men, formed from parts of the Ith and IITH sea-battalion, arrives in Daressalam, likewise reinforcement for the crew S.M.S. Bussard .
26.09. S.M.S. Seeadler arrives, coming from the Palau islands, as reinforcement in Daressalam.
02.10. S.M.S. Thetis arrives from Eastern Asia for reinforcement in Daressalam. The major task of the three warships remains the safety device of the coastal places. The sea-soldiers participate however also in operations of the imperial colonial force far inside the country.
15.10. A Seesoldaten Detachement arrives over Mombasa and the Uganda course (British East Africa) at the Victoriasee and takes over the protection of Muansa.

Participation of sea-soldiers at the pacification course against the Wangoni up to the Njassasee.

Beginning of the return motion of the sea-soldiers from East Africa to Germany, since the pacification of the rebellion area is almost final.

S.M.S. Panther undertakes a current travel the La Plata, Paraná and Pilcomayo upward up to the capital of Paraguay, Asunción (over 1500 sm). Visits German settlements on the banks.

Emperor Wilhelm II. opens the museum for oceanography to Berlin, the most comprehensive of its kind on whole earth.

S.M.S. Thetis leaves German East Africa.

The large cruiser Roon and the small cruiser Bremen represent the realm with fleet visit to Jameson on the occasion of the celebration to the 300 year existence of the North American nation.

The gunboat Jaguar suppresses native unrests on Ponape (Karolinen). - S.M.S. Bremen prevents a breaking out of native unrests in Haiti by its appearance in haven outer Prince.

The small cruisers Leipzig and Arcona, S.M.S. Jaguar and the Begleitdampfer Titania suppress unrests on the Samoa islands. - The unprotected cruiser Condor looks for Gouvernementsjacht Seestern in vain in the South Seas who is missing.

The small cruisers Stettin, Luebeck and Hamburg, as well as the station ship Loreley secure the German interests in the Levante during Turkish confusions.

S.M.S. Hertha, Victoria Louise, Dresden and Bremen represent the realm with the ceremonies in New York on the occasion of the three-hundredth establishment daily of this city and the hundred years past driving on of the Hudson river by from Fulton build first American steam ship.

S.M.S. Arcona represents the realm in San Francisco on the occasion of the celebrations for the four-hundredth return of the discovery of the bay and for the reconstruction of the city after the earthquake of 1906

S.M.S. Emden and Bremen represent the realm with the hundred-anniversary of the independence of Argentina.

S.M.S. Emden and Bremen represent the realm with the hundred-anniversary of the independence of Chile.

S.M.S. Emden begins a long-distance travel into Valparaiso (Chile) crosswise over the Pacific after Papeete (Tahiti), in order the actual steam-strains under oceanic conditions to determine and the experiences for future constructions to evaluate be able (4200 sm).

S.M.S. Freya represents the realm with the hundred-anniversary of independence Mexico.

S.M.S. Bremen lies for the protection of the German interests during unrests in Honduras before Amapalá.

A native rebellion on Ponape (Karolinen islands) is struck down after conquest of the Dschokadschfelsens by the landing corps S.M.S. Emden, Nuremberg, Cormoran and Planet.

S.M.S. Iltis protects in Canton the residents Europeans during Chinese unrests

S.M.S. Panther starts on Veranlassung of the Foreign Office Agadir, in order to stress German economic interests on the occasion of the Annektierung Morocco by France. For reinforcement the small cruiser Berlin is readdressed and for separation the gunboat Eber. This measure entered as “Panthersprung after Agadir” world history.

S.M.S. Bremen protects the German inhabitants of haven outer Prince during unrests in Haiti.

The battle cruiser Moltke answers together with S.M.S. Stettin and Bremen in New York the attendance of North American naval forces in Kiel.

Formation of a Mediterranean division. The tensions, unrests and war on the Balkans and in the Levante require the constant presence from warships to the protection of the German interests

S.M.S. Bremen, Panther and Eber protect the German inhabitants of Liberia during there unrests relating to domestic affairs.

S.M.S. Goeben leads the mourning escort of the warships of six states for king George I. of Greece from Salonika to Piräus.

During the first Balkans war S.M.S. Goeben secures the German interests by cruises in the eastern Mediterranean, S.M.S. Dresden and Loreley in Konstantinopel, S.M.S. Strasbourg and vulture before the Syrian coast. S.M.S. Loreley transfers the resigned Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid from Saloniki to Konstantinopel.

04.04. - 06,08. 1913
Participation S.M.S. Breslau at the international blockade Montenegros for the enforcement of the release of the illegally occupied Albanian city Skutari.

The landing corps S.M.S. Breslau, 100 men strongly, occupies together with the federations of the foreign warships Skutari.

S.M.S. Bremen and Hertha secure the there German interests during the revolution in Mexico. S.M.S. Nuremberg stands to the same purpose before the Mexican west coast.

12.1913-06.1914 The battle ships Kaiser and Konig Albert and the small cruiser Strassburg visit the German protected areas in west Africa, as well as south and Central American ports. Total trip 22,000 km.

02.1914 S.M.S. Bremen and Vineta secure the German citizens during the revolution in Haiti. The president flees before the victorious rebels onboard S.M.S. Bremen.

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Postby Peter H » 13 Jun 2007 11:52

SMS Strassburg off Afrika,1913:

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SMS Kaiser,SMS König Albert

The turbines proved more successful, and to demonstrate their reliability the Kaiser and König Albert sent in 1913-1914 on a good-will cruise to South America and South Africa.

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Postby Chris Dale » 13 Jun 2007 17:50

You've excelled yourself this time Peter! Loads of great information here, thank you very much.

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Postby Peter H » 13 Jun 2007 23:43

Yes some good information there.

Found this on the Seestern,missing in 1909:

Seestern. (Seester). Iron steamer, 589 tons. German Government’s New Guinea vessel. Left Brisbane on 3 June 1909 for New Britain and when she had not arrived by mid-July was presumed to have foundered. The German government despatched SS Condor to search for her but apart from a little wreckage, nothing was found.
[LQ],[LAH - left Brisbane in April]

SMS Condor in the Pacific: ... ondor.html


"SMS Kondor: light cruiser on the Australian Station"

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Postby Peter H » 15 Jun 2007 02:47

Deserters from German Warships in Australian Ports ... serter.htm

German warships that were affected by desertion in Australian ports in the late 19th century include: SMS Albatros (during a Sydney stop in 1884), SMS Alexandrine (1889), SMS Ariadne (1878), SMS Augusta (1877), SMS Bismarck (1879, 1880 & 1887), SMS Bussard (1891, 1892, 1895), SMS Falke (1894, 1896, 1897), SMS Gneisenau (1885), SMS Hyane (1885), SMS Leipzig (1890), SMS Marie (1885), SMS Möwe (1882, 1895, 1899), SMS Nautilus (1879), SMS Olga (1889), SMS Sophie (1887 & 1890), SMS Sperber (1891, 1892, 1893).
Warships of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Heligoland (1879), Fasana (1894), Albatross (1896).

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Postby cj » 25 Jun 2007 22:57

any more info on the Bremen and Vineta in Haiti, what happened to them when war was declared, how big were these ships

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Postby Helen Bachaus » 12 Jul 2007 04:42

Thanks Peter for the great info.

God Bless


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Postby Chris Dale » 29 Jul 2007 01:13

Hi CJ,

Information on the Vineta-
Information on the Bermen-

Both pages and lots more info on Imperial German ships at-

Hope that helps,

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Postby grassi » 21 Feb 2010 23:16

I am looking for the deployment of SMS Möwe in 1904 und 1905 (
I have a photo of a sailer of this ship which was made 1904 in Sydney/Australia. The sailer somehow died in 1905.
If someone can give my information about the crew and the losse of the crew, I would be happy.


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Postby stulev » 22 Feb 2010 14:31

The SMS Mowe was the Australian area station ship between 1895 and 1905 making several trips out of the area - to German New Guinea, Hong Kong the Philippines and China during those years

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Postby grassi » 23 Feb 2010 19:28

Thanks a lot, stulev! Have you heard about a description of Möwe's duties or trips?


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Postby stulev » 25 Feb 2010 15:19


I do not know what the exact duties of station ships were with the exception of showing the flag - but they must have had other duties as Germany had station ships(these were smaller ships for the most part Mowe was 600 tons and Seeadler was 1600) on station in South America, E and W Africa and at times there was a north America station ship.

It is possible that something about life on ships on station has been published in Germany, and one of the German member of this form can give you some insight.

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Postby grassi » 25 Feb 2010 16:21

Stulev, thanks a lot.

Well, I suppose that something has been published. Möwe (hm, this Möwe?) must have been very popular in Germany. Some years ago I lived in quarter in Munich, which had street names mainly connected to the German colonies etc.:
Von-Trotha-Straße, Gorch-Fock-Straße, Iltisstraße, Möwestraße, Dualastraße, Tangastraße etc.
Von-Trotha-Straße was exchanged some time ago. It is now Hererostraße.


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