The Imperial Russian Navy was a fleet of proud traditions in the beginning of the 20th century. Consequently it prepared for and entered the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War - which was to end in a catastrophe both for Russia and its navy - in high spirits.
The Swedish popular magazine Allers Familj-Journal published several articles and photographs about life on board Russian Imperial Navy ships just before and during the early phases of the war. Below is a selection of photographs which illustrated the articles.
|First class cruiser Askold, commissioned in 1900, was one of the newer ships in the Imperial Navy. |
It had a max. speed of 23 kn. and the fire power of twelve 15 cm cannons.
|The cruiser Novik.|
|The cruiser Rurik was built in 1892. It had a crew of 768, and carried four 20 cm,|
sixteen 15 cm and six 12 cm cannons.
|Cruiser Pobeda was one of the largest ships in the Porth Arthur squadron. The Pobeda, which was |
commissioned in 1900, carried four 25 cm and eleven 15 cm cannons.
|The cruiser Rossija (built in 1896) had four 20 cm, sixteen 15 cm and twelve 7.5 cm |
cannons. The number of the crew was 800.
|A new Russian submarine is christened at the shipyard in Kronstadt.|
|First class cruiser Aurora (commissioned in 1900) of the Baltic Fleet was later to play a part in the Bolshevik revolution.|
|Learning to use the revolver cannon on the bridge.|
|A modern 20 cm cannon on one of the Russian warships.|
|A pilot assisting in the navigation of a Russian naval vessel.|
|An orthodox priest was part of the crew of each Russian navy ship.|
|Doctors and nurses on the Russian hospital ship Mongolia in Port Arthur.|
|Cleaning the hand weapons.|
|The guard is ready.|
|The entire crew is gathered on a festive occasion.|
|Captain von Essen, commander of the cruiser Novik, instructs the seamen in the use |
of a revolver cannon.
|Learning how to use hand weapons.|
|Captain von Essen (right side)playing a board game with admiral Makarov on board|
the cruiser Novik, which later on was totally destroyed by the Japanese.
|A family visit in the commander's cabin.|
|Nine playful Navy lieutenants.|
|Show your clean hands!|
|Russian naval officers dressed for a hunt.|
|The commander is also a photographer.|
|Less pleasant work on a Russian Imperial Navy ship sailing in cold Siberian waters.|