At Sea to Nagasaki, 30 July 1893

Apparently we succeeded to evade the depression that moved West thanks to the foresight of the commander as the results of our weather observation were favorable and the horizon showed itself clear.

Towards 6 o’clock in the morning the course was reversed to the direction of the Formosa Strait at the small rock Pedro bianco emerging out of the sea and we sailed as quickly as possible to our next destination of Nagasaki, sailed in the true meaning of the word as we set our only sail for the first time during this journey — the wind blew from aft. This however made more an impression as a gadget than actually increasing the speed of our journey. In a modern warship, the rigging is completely in the background and the sail is replaced completely by the machine. A part of sailor poetry gone that became the victim of our inventive century! The machine, by the way, wanted clearly to show what it was able to do compared to the sail. It worked so hard that we achieved the highest number of sea miles driven per day and made good quite some part of the time lost caused by reversing our course. During the night we entered the Formosa Strait.


  • Location: In the Formosa Strait
  • ANNO – on 30.07.1893 in Austria’s newspapers. The Neue Freie Presse reports that the King of Siam has accepted the French ultimatum and will cede territories to the French.
  • The k.u.k. Hof-Burgtheater is closed for summer until 15 September. The k.u.k. Hof-Operntheater is performing a ballet „Wiener Walzer“ and more.

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