The Battle of Tsushima. Destroyers Play an Important Part. London, June^2 The Niahin and Kasuga fought gallantly, and were instrumental in sinking the Kniaz Suvaroff, Borodino, and Dmitri Donskoi. A Japanese naval officer at Saseb > states that before the battle Togo signalled from the Mikasa: "The Empire's destiny depends on this aotion, all are expected to do their utmost." The first arid second divisions turned to Rozjestvenski's starboard, and the third kept in close touch with the preceding divisions. The Kniaz Suvaroff led the eneroy and opened fire, but her shots fell short. Russian destroyers kept on the port side of the main squadron. The Russians pressed towards the coast, bdt were compelled to change their course eastward later, and steered westerly. They were gradually enveloped, and struggled to break through, but were foiled by destroyers and torpedoers, which were ordered to finish any Russian warships ablaze. The casualties cabled occurred chiefly at this work, although after the Russian line was thrown into confusion the fire was slaok. The Borodino's orew" bravely cannonaded until sunk by destroyers. The Russians seemed unprepared and untrained to repel deßtroyerß* night attacks, using search lights, and thua revealing their positions. When on Sunday the Orel and others wers surrounded, the Izumrud fled, and the remainder did not offer resistance, and hoisted the Japanese flag over the Itussian. Diebogatoff, on whom the chief command had devolved, after the Kniaz Suvaroff's disappearance, lowered a boat and surrendered to the cruiser Asama.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
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