Saturday, 28 January 2017

Turkey bought Brazilian battleship Rio Janeiro with French money according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië dated 2 January 1914

Rio de Janeiro

An item reported that in France people were worried about Turkey buying a dreadnought which was made possible by French loans.(1) The newspaper Temps made clear that Turkey wanted to declare war to Greece in next April. The British and French money markets should be closed for Turkey.

1. Laid down for Brazilian account as the Rio Janeiro at Armstrong, Newcastle upon Tyne, England with yard number 792 on 14 September 1911, launched on 22 January 1913, sold to Turkey in December 1913, renamed Sultan-I-Evvel, seized by England in August 1914, required on 3 August 1913, renamed Agincourt commissioned on 7 August 1914 and broken up in 1924.