A Japanese Official Report.
Details of the Captures and Sinkings. Russian Officers Captured, Japanese Injuries not Yet Known.
Eeceived June 1, 9.49 a.m. Sydney, June 1. The advices received by the Japanese Consul state that the main force of the combined Japanese fleet, upon accepting the surrender of the remaining [Russian force near Liancourt rocks on the afternoon of the 28th, stopped the pursuit. While the Japanese were engaged m the disposition of the surrendered ships, they saw m a south-western directiona coast defence ship, tha Admiral Ushakoff. The Japanese cruisers Iwate and Yakumo* were immediately despatched m pursuit, and the vessel was invited to surrender, but refused to do so. The Japanese thereupon sank the vessel and rescued her remaining crew of over three hundred men. The cruiser Dimtri Donskoi was also found at 5 p.m. m a north-western direction. She was immediately overtaken and fired at vigorously by the Japanese sfourth division and destroyer flotilla. She was attacked at night by the second destroyer flotilla, and was found next morning aground, on the south-eastern shore of Urleung Island off the Korean coast.' The Japanese destroyer Sazanami captured towards the evening of the 27th, south of' Urleung Island off the Korean Coast, the Russian destroyer Bilovy, m which were found Admiral Rozjestvenski and another | Admiral, both severely wounded, together | with eighty Russians, including the staff officers from Flagship Kniaz Suvaroff, which was sunk on the 27th. They were all taken prisoners. The Japanese Cruiser Nitaka and the I destroyer Murakumo attacked, at noon on | the 28th, a Russian destroyer, which finally went aground. | According to the statements of prisoners the Oslabia was sunk at 3 p.m. on the 28fch. The Navarin also sunk. The Alma was observed on the 27th m a disabled and sinking condition, but her 'final fate ia unknown. Full particulars regarding the injuries suffered by the Japanese ships are not known yet, but so far as can be ascertained none were seriously injured. All the vessels being still engaged m operating, the whole extent of the Japanese casualties have not yet been ascertained. Those of the first division amounted to a little over four hundred. Admiral Misu (Japanese) was slightly wounded on the 27th.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905
A Japanese Official Report. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905
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