London Times, 16 September 1913, p. 3: THE RUSSIAN NAVAL VISIT. LIST OF ENTERTAINMENTS. Vice-Admiral C.J. Briggs, commanding the Fourth Battle Squadron, visited yesterday morning the Rurik [Riurik], flagship of Admiral von Essen, commanding the Russian Naval Squadron in Portland Roads, and was received by the Russian Admiral, who presented his chief officers. Admiral von Essen paid a return visit to the Dreadnought, where the principal English officers were presented. The Mayor and Town Clerk of Weymouth offered an official welcome on behalf of the town, and later in the day the Admiral returned the visit at the Mayor’s parlour. Admiral von Essen also visited the King’s Harbour Master at Portland, Captain Marescaux. A dinner was given last night on the Rurik to Vice-Admiral Briggs and the captains and commanders of the ships now at Portland.

The municipal authorities of Weymouth have decided to entertain a large number of Russian and British sailors on Thursday in the Palm Court and give a gala performance in the Alexandra Gardens. The Russian Admiral has given permission for the Russian Fleet band to play in the Alexandra Gardens to-day and to-morrow, and on Thursday he will give a reception to a large number of naval officers and leading towns-people of Weymouth and Portland. A large number of Russian sailors were allowed ashore yesterday, and a party of officers proceeded to London.

The armoured cruiser Pallada joined the Fleet yesterday, her delay being due to her having been detached by the Admiral to carry orders to Russian t.b.d.’s at the Danish port of Kyngen.



telegraphing yesterday our St. Petersburg Correspondent stated that the account of the enthusiastic reception of Admiral von Essen and the Russian naval squadron has been received with great appreciation.

Provided by Stephen McLaughlin