1907-11-02 THE VLADIVOSTOK MUTINY

  
London Times, 2 November 1907, p. 5: THE VLADIVOSTOK MUTINY. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) ST. PETERSBURG, NOV. 1.

            Additional details of the Vladivostok mutiny show that it was confined to the sailors composing the torpedo detachment ashore, erroneously described as sapper battalions, and the crews of the four destroyers moored in the harbour. The vessels hoisted the red flag as soon as the torpedo detachment gave the preconcerted signal. The crew of the Skory thereupon murdered their commander, steamed into the roadstread, and opened fire on the Government buildings. They were met by a vigorous response from the shore batteries and from the machine guns of the fusilier regiments; seeing which the other three destroyers landed the ringleaders, returned to duty, and helped subdue their mutinous comrades. The torpedo detachment then surrendered. The damage caused to the buildings was very slight. Among the wounded was an American citizen.

            An Imperial order to-day censures Captain Fersen, the naval commander at Vladivostok, and his assistants for neglect of duty. Captain Fersen, one of the best officers in the navy, formerly commanded the cruiser Zemtchug.

Provided by Stephen McLaughlin

 

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