|Russian Imperial Navy auxiliary cruisers Don and Ural passing Kronborg in 1904.|
In October 1904 Ural joined admiral Rozhesvensky's Second Pacific Squadron in the Far East. The Ural, which was the first ship to sight the Japanese fleet at Thushima in May 1905, was sunk by the Japanese.
The Don survived the war and was later sold to the Austrian Navy and converted to submarine base Gaa. In 1919 it was seized by Italy and in 1924 it was reconstructed as liner San Giusto.