Marshall Islands History Sources No. 27
Itinerary of the German cruiser S.M.S. Falke 1897-99


S.M.S. Falke was one of the German patrol cruisers on the Australian Station, charged with showing the German flag on routine visits to various ports in the South Pacific, enabling the German administrators to travel their islands territories on law enforcement missions and to be on stand-by for any military conflict. The itinerary reproduced below has been compiled from various sources held in the archives of the German Imperial colonial office. It has been reproduced here to serve as example of naval visits in the early days of the German protectorate over the Marshall Islands.

Arrive Harbour Depart Comments
? May 1897 Samoa 11 Jun 1897 to depart after the arrival of the American mail, to visit various places in the Samoa and Tonga ISlands
? Jun 1897 Sydney 12 Jul 1897 change-over of the crew
? Jul 1897 Bismarck-Archipelago 26 Sep 1897 training of the crew and patrols as required
? Oct 1897 Sydney 27 Oct 1897 R & R
? Nov 1897 Samoa 14 Dec 1897
? Dec 1897 Auckland 1 Feb 1898 readiness for Samoa, live fire training and repairs
? Feb 1898 Sydney 8 Mar 1898 dito
? Apr 1898 Auckland 10 Apr 1898 ditto
? May 1898 Sydney 20 May 1898
? Aug 1898 Auckland 20 Aug 1898
? Sep 1898 Samoa 1 Oct 1898
? OCt 1898 Bismarck-Archipelago 9 Nov 1898
? Nov 1898 Sydney 12 Dec 1898
? Dec 1898 Samoa 15 Feb 1899
? Jan 1899 Jaluit 25 Apr 1899
? May 1899 Samoa 8 Sep 1899
? Sep 1899 Sydney 22 Oct 1899

 Sources:
[Reiseplan] SMS Falke, K6685 Auswärtiges Amt, Kolonial-Abteilung. Segelorders für die Schiffe der Kaiserlichen Marine Südsee . 19 January 1885 ╣ August 1904. Series. Marinesachen 13e. file nŮ RKA 2658. National Library of Australia, Canberra. Mfm no . G8570.



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