Sunday, 29 April 2018

German protected cruiser SM Hansa expected to visit the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper De locomotief dated 4 January 1900

An item reported the expected arrival at Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies within 2 weeks of the German cruiser Hansa (1) coming from Bangkok, Siam with on board admiral Fritze (2). Fritze was to replace prince Heinrich as (3) commanding officer of the German East Asia squadron. Another newspaper Sumatra-courant dated 19th published an item dating Singapore 16h reporting her departure towards the Dutch East Indies.(4)

1. Of the Victoria Louise-class protected cruisers, consisting of the Victoria Louise, Hertha, Freya, Hansa and Vineta, preceded by the Kaiserin Augusta and succeeded by the Fürst Bismarck, laid down by the Stettiner Maschinenbau AG Vulkan in 1896, launched on 12 March 1898, commissioned on 29 April 1899, stricken on 6 December 1919 and broken up in 1920.
2. Ernst Fritze (20 April 1850-27 February 1941), promoted to vice admiral on 27 January 1904.
3. Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich von Preussen (14 August 1862 Berlin, Prussia-20 April 1929 Bbarkelsby, Germany), ended his naval career 1872-1919 in the rank of Grand Admiral
4. The Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1899-1900 confirmed her visiting Tandjong Priok, Dutch East Indies on 18 January and Probolingo, Dutch East Indies between 26-31 January 1900.