Battle of Cape Sarych
November, 1914 saw the unexpected in the Black Sea: a force of
Russian pre-dreadnoughts drove off the former German battlecruiser
Goben (officially the Turkish Yavuz Sultan Selim) near
- Steve McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
has provided an account of the battle
- and a certain amount of discussion
- Information about the ships .
Subsequently, Steve wrote Predreadnoughts vs a Dreadnought: The Action off Cape Sarych, 18
November 1914 published in Conway Maritime Press' Warship 2001-2002. He has also
furnished this handy list of the Russian destroyers present at the battle:
Torpedo Brigade (Minnaia brigada)
The information was pulled together from a number of sources, and
there are still some contradictions (especially with regard to the
commanders of the Fourth and Fifth divisions).
The book by R.M. Melnikov on the Dobrovolets type destroyers has
information on the Black Sea boats in general.
- First Division: Gnevnyi, flying the broad pennant of Captain
1st Rank M.P. Sablin, commander, Torpedo Brigade and Commander of the
First Torpedo Division. The First Division also included two more
ships of the Derzkii class, (1,190 tons, oil-burning, 35kts, 3 x 4in,
10 torpedo tubes; the other ships of this division were Bespokoinyi,
Derzkii and Pronzitel'nyi, but it is not known which two of these were
present during this action.)
- Third Division (Captain 1st Rank Prince V.V. Trubetskoi):
Leitenant Shestakov, Kapitan Saken, Kapitan-Leitenant Baranov and
Leitenant Zatsarennyi (Leitenant Shestakov class, 635 tons,
coal-fired, 24kts, 2 x 120mm, 3 torpedo tubes)
- Fourth Division (Captain 1st Rank Gezekhus): Zhutkii, Zhivoi,
Zharkii and Zhivuchii (Leitenant Pushchin class, 450 tons,
coal-burning, 24kts, 2 x 75mm, 2 torpedo tubes)
- Fifth Division: Zvonkii and Zorkii (also Leitenant Pushchin
Bernd Langensiepen (Langensiep@aol.com) adds:
Steve McLaughlin has written a very fine article, but I must
make a correction. It was partly my mistake. He had used my book of
the Ottoman Navy in which I given the number of casualties as 17.
That was wrong. My book was written in 1992. Subsequently
I have been able to get more official material from German and Turkey.
The correct number of casualties are:
That number is taken from from the War Diary of the Goeben
report by the Turkish Naval HQ dated 12.12.1914.
Last Updated: 4 September, 2002.
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