Wednesday, 22 June 2022

German cruiser SMS Cormoran visited the Dutch East Indies in 1899

The Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1898-1899 reported that the German cruiser 3rd class SMS Cormoran visited Ternate, Dutch East Indies in March 1899. 1) The Dutch newspaper De Locomotief dated 28 April published an item dated 26 March reporting her visit for coal bunkering coming from Kiatshau, China and bound for Samoa.(2)


1. Unprotected cruiser of the Bussard-class consisting of the Bussard, Falke, Seeadler, Condor and Cormoran, preceded y the Schwalbe-class and succeeded by the Gefion. Laid down By Kaiserliche Werft, Kiel, Germany as Kreuzer IV. Classe E in November 1890, launched on 17 May 1892, commissioned on 25 July 1893 and scuttled at Tsingtau, China to prevent capture by the Japanese forces on 28 September 1914.

2. The western part of the Samoa archipelago was between 1990 and 1914 in German hands and the eastern part a territory of the USA as American Samoa since 1900.

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