Marshall Islands History Sources No. 26
Itinerary of the German cruiser S.M.S. Sperber 1894-1895


S.M.S. Sperber 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
Sydney 7 Apr 1894
? Apr 1894 Apia 13 Aug 1894
? Sep 1894 Sydney 1 Oct 1894
? Oct 1894 Apia 30 Oct 1894
? Nov 1894 Jaluit 12 Dec 1894
? Dec 1894 New Guinea 22 Jan 1895
? Feb 1895 Sydney /Jervis Bay 7 Apr 1895 for torpedo exercises to Jervis Bay
22 Apr 1895 Apia 13 Aug 1895
1 Sep 1895 Sydney 1 Oct 1895
15 Oct 1895 Apia 30 Oct 1895
12 Nov 1895 Jaluit 12 Dec 1895
22 Dec 1895 New Guinea 22 Jan 1896
7 Feb 1896 Sydney /Jervis Bay for torpedo exercises to Jervis Bay

 Sources:
Not all dates can be read in the original file documents as the bound files were not fully opened for the microfilming.-- Reiseplan für die Stationäre der Australischen Station, for 1894 nŞ II.12422 RKA 2658a Reiseplan für die Stationäre der Australischen Station, for 1895 nŞ 17547 ( signed 25 Oct 1895) RKA 2658a Reiseplan S.M.S. Sperber für die Südresie (im Anschlu an den Reiseplan vom 16. Dezember 1905-B4894 I-. dated Berlin 9 February 1906, RKA 2659
RKA 2658 = Auswärtiges Amt, Kolonial-Abteilung. Segelorders für die Schiffe der Kaiserlichen Marine Südsee . 19 January 1885 ¹ August 1904. Series. Marinesachen 13e. file nŞ RKA 2658. National Library of Australia, Canberra. Mfm no . G8570.
RKA 2659= Auswärtiges Amt, Kolonial-Abteilung. Segelorders für die Schiffe der Kaiserlichen Marine Südsee Station. July 1905 ¹ December 1912. Series. Marinesachen 13e. file nŞ RKA 2659. National Library of Australia, Canberra. Mfm no . G8570.



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