Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Suez Canal during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-1905

The Suez Canal was a strategically important seaway during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-1905. The canal was a neutral zone under the protection of the British. According to e.g. Wikipedia, the British prevented the Russian Baltic Fleet from using the canal on their way to the war zone. However, if one is to believe two of the pictures below, published in the December 18 issue of the Swedish news weekly Hvar 8 Dag, at least some ships of the Russian Baltic Fleet sailed through the canal.

Marine traffic in the Suez Canal in 1904. The ship in the middle of the picture flies 
the Royal Navy flag.

A ship belonging to the Imperial Russian Navy's Baltic fleet in the Suez Canal in 1904.

Provisioning one of the Russian Navy ships in the Suez Canal, 1904.


  1. great photo of an impressive ship, thank you - any more info?

    1. Sorry, I have no more info about the ship. But on this page I have more pictures of Russian navy ships of the time: