At Sea to Port Said, 16 December 1892

We were greeted by a wonderful day and a completely quiet sea. The stronger force of the sun was already noticeable. In the morning we viewed the landside mountains with Monte Movar at Rogoznica: around 9 o’clock we were passing between Lissa and Busi and saw the little island of Pelagosa in the distance: a few hours later the high mountains of Bocche di Cattaro appeared.

Barely visible with the eyes, a sailing warship appeared on the horizon which we thought might be one of our winter squadron, either “Nautilus” or “Albatros”.

In the morning a battle stations exercise was completed for all hands. The guns were also maneuvered. Exercises our navy completed with its own special precision. During the journey the Italian coast became visible above the tender blueish contours of the sea. After a wonderful sunset we were regaled by a clear starry sky, a spectacle we enjoyed to the fullest on the afterdeck to the music of our felicitous band.

Links

  • Location: Lissa (now: Vis, Croatia)
  • ANNO – on 16.12.1892 in Austria’s newspapers. The Neue Freie Presse informs its readers about the riches of fertile Africa. A German expedition of 120 persons marched 3000 kilometers from Cameroon to Chad. It also notes that Maria Antonia, widowed Grand Duchess of Tuscany, arrived from Gmunden for her winter stay in Abbazia. Meanwhile, 360 persons of Steyr, on their own will as duly remarked by the paper, departed to Genoa for their emigration to Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Emigration fever is spreading.
  • Vienna’s K.k. Burgtheater offered a comedy by Gustav Freytag, „Die Journalisten“ (The Journalists). The K.k. Hof-Operntheater played Giuseppe Verdi’s „Un ballo in maschera“ (Ein Maskenball).

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