Tuesday, 27 June 2017

French armoured cruiser Amiral Charner visited Sabang, Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië dated 11 December 1901

An item reported that the harbour of Sabang, Dutch East Indies was visited by the French warship Amiral Charner (1) for bunkering coal and water. Another newspaper De locomotief dated 5 November confirmed the visit of the, but wondered if this visit of her underway from Saigon towards Colombo, Ceylon was also a sort of reconnaissance if Sabang was useful in times of war.(2)

1. Armoured cruiser of the Amiral Charner-class, laid down by Arsenal de Rochefort in June 1889, launched on 18 March 1893, commissioned in 26 August 1885 and sunk by the German submarine U-21 underway from Ruad Island, Syria towards Port Said, Egypt on 8 February 1916.
2. The Amiral Charner visited Sabang, Dutch East Indies between 6-8 October 1902 according to the Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1901-1902.