The Battle of Tsushima,
Special Correspondent's Description. A Superbly Terrible Scene. London, Junt> 1 The "Daily Telegraph's " special correspondent with the Japanese fleet cables from Mogi on Monday : —Approaching the Strait the main Russian fleet changed its course, a3 if returning through the Bansee Channel. At five in the morning on Saturday the fleet steaming twelve knots, steered through the Korean Strait south easterly, towards Saishiutau within the waters of SJri. The Japanese had left near their arranged base a detached squadron to press the Russians towards Ski. The enemy went full steam ahead, and presented an impressive and majestic spectacle. Meanwhile with the Japanese lurking in the neighbourhood the Russians traversed the strong current running past Ski, and proceeded due north. The Japanese were ready with their auxiliary fleet to the north, and headed off the enemy, Admiral Togo's vessel manoeuvred with precision, and aoon their fire enfiladed the Russians on both flanks, and ia front. The Boene was superbly terrible, the guns of nearly fifty ships boing fired with a great uriveh occasionally, as the loud reports coincided. For a time the belligerents gave shot for shot, the fleets moving together. The Russians deviating from their original course, with a hostile squadron on each side, another ahead, were practically defeated, and in a few hours Rozjestvenski was unable to turn. He had fallen into the trap awaiting him since he left Madagascar. The tactics Rozjestvenski's fleet displayed were marked by hesitation, which was the forerunner of utter confusion. The Japanese knew instantly the enemy was beaten, and the concentration of their fire became infernal, every gun being trained upon the Russians, who were caught in a cul de sac. Long lines of scao&e floated across the water, interspersed with flashes. By 2 o'clock the bombardment was at its zenith. Cannonading marked every second, a^d as the Russians advanced towards Vladivostok, the Japanese ahead advance, also. Shotß from the north were answe^e® by shots to the south, and frpm $he past and the west also they wese doomed. The enemy was bartered' from all sides, and betweaa three and five cruisers of the Admiral Nakhimoff class and the Kamschatka foundered. Previously the upper;
works of wood and iron were shot into splinters. The fleet, thrown into complete disorder, proceeded in a zig-zag course; some steamed east, others wesE. Then the' Japanese, with judgment amounting almost to inspiration, advanced] to close quarters with thoRussian ships, continuing their fire, rendered all the more terrible by the shortened range. The fleat no longer existed as a fleat, but as severed, unco-ordinated units, demoralised, and gradually pressed towards the Ma goto Provincp. The fight las'ed till seven o'clock, when the atmosphere was obscured. Admiral Togo risked nothing, and lost nothing. The Eussians then attempted (o steer north west, and heavy fighting continued until suns'at, when the wind subsided, and the seas were smooth and transparent. Received June 2, 7.27 a.m. London June 1 In the blue blackness of the night the ships stood out something more than spectres, fomothing less than fearful citadels. The Russians kept; edging north, but the powerful Japanese fleet, in a horizontal line across their bows, proved an effective barrier when linked with the guns. At eight o'clock the Japanese destroyed and torpedoers advanced like a cloud o£ looaste, and the eea was swept pale with, tracks of innumerable searchlights. The large warships and the great cannon covered the attack. The Russian fleet continued to respond, and the fighting was fierce and intense until two o'clock in the morning. After that the torpedoers were let loose, and there seemed scores and scores or them. The night's work resulted in tbfi sinking of the Imperator Alexander, the Oslyabia, the Navarin, and another vessel, and'thres gunboats. At dawn on Sunday the Japanese came within oloser range, passing the Russianß to the northwest of Nagata. The battle continued to rage fiercely, but the Russians had no strategical position in which they were able to effectively to resist.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905
The Battle of Tsushima, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6586, 2 June 1905
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