Wednesday, 22 June 2022

French protected cruiser Guichen visited Sabangg, Dutch East Indies in 1900


The Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 reported that the French cruiser 2nd class Guichen (1) visited Sabang, Dutch East Indies (2) between 20-23 September 1900. De locomotief dated 24 July 1900 reported that the French cruisers Guichen and the flagship Amiral Charnier at Brest received orders to prepare the departure to the Chinese waters with all possible means.(3) On 20 July was at Toulon started with fitting out of the Nixe and that the cabinet chartered the transport Uruguay to ship 2 battalions of marines. The Deli courant dated 1 August reported the arrival of the Guicen at Singapore leaving the next day towards China.


1. Protected cruiser preceded by D'Entrecasteaux succeeded by Châteaurenault, laid down by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, France in October 1895, launched on 26 October 1897, completed in November 1899, stricken in 1921 and scrapped.

1. Sabang was an important coal bunker station in the Dutch East Indies used by Dutch and foreign warships and merchant ships.

3. As a result of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in fact an anti-foreign, anti-colonial land anti-Christian uprising between 18 October 1899 and 7 September 1901 in which an large Allied force acted against the Chinese Boxers militia and the Imperial army.

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