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ships operating under Admiral Kamimura. The Rurik was sunk, and the other two Russians escaped to Vladivostok badly damaged, The Bogatyr had earlier run on the rocks near Vladivostok, and was laid up in that port for repairs.
After many delays the Russian Admiralty dispatched a squadron from St. Peters burg for the Far East. The first division, under Admiral Rogestvensky, consisted of the battleships Kniaz Suvaroff, Navarin,
Navarin, Sissoi Veliky, Borodino, The Baltic Alexander III, Orel and Osliabia tho armored cruisers Admiral NakSquadron himoff, Dimitri Donskoi, Aurora, Almaz, Jemtchug and Svetland, and
a complement of transports, colliers, destroyers and torpedo boats. It left Libau on October 16.
Passing through the North Sea on October 21, a part of this division fired on a fleet of Emglish fishing smacks, acting under the belief, according to Admiral Rogestvensky's statements, that Japanese torpedo boats were attempting to sink the Rus sians The British government made a vigorous demand for reparation, and after
protracted negotiations, it was agreed to appoint a joint commission to investigate and award damages. Two English fishermen were killed by the Russiar fire. A second squadron sailed from Libau on
sailed from Libau On November 16. It consisted of the cruisers Oleg, Izmurud, Rion and Dnieper, the auxiliary cruisers Kuban, Orel and Terek, and five destroyers.
Tho two sections of the first division united cff Madagascar in January and as Port Arthur had then fallen and the remnants of the Russian fleet there had been destroyed, Admiral Rojestvensky spent three months or more in Indian Ocean waters preparing for action,
Early in May most of his fieet passed Singapore, and the final rendezvous was had off the ports of French China. Rojestvensky pushed north with his entire fleet toward the end of May, and on May 27 met Togo's Japanese fleet in