Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Turkish embassy in England denied rumours about Turkish war preparations according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant dated 20 June 1914

Rio de Janeiro


An item dated London, England 19th reported that the Turkish embassy denied the information supplied by a diplomatic source dealing with the presence of some Turkish navy officers in England. The officers were already some time in England to supervise the building of the Turkish dreadnoughts (1) at British shipyards. Rear admiral Lipus (2)was present due to this dismissal from military service. Turkey did not intend to buy an extraordinary large quantity of coal and furthermore was the embassy not familiar with the buying or chartering of transports.

1. The former Brazilian Rio Janeiro, sold to Turkey in December 1913, renamed Sultan-I-Evvel, seized by England in August 1914, required on 3 August 1913, renamed HMS Agincourt and the Resadiye seized by England in August 1914 and commissioned as HMS Edin.
2. Arthur Henry Limpus, (7 June 1863-3 November 1931) who commanded the British naval Mission in Constantinople, Turkey, ending his naval career in the rank of full admiral.