Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva

Russian cruiser Ascold (Askold) in Shanghai docks (1904–1905)

Probably no one has ever looked at these photos at the French Diplomatic Archive, because a) they are mislabeled; b) the search algorithm is clunky. So it was quite exciting to find the images of the Russian cruiser Ascold (Askold; "Аскольд"), which arrived in Shanghai in August 1904, having sailed from Port Arthur after sustaining damage in the Russo-Japanese War. While the ship was being repaired, several hundred Russians that arrived on it – military and civilian refugees – camped out in Shanghai, forming the first ever Russian community here, at least for a couple of years.

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Tags: 1900s, 1904, 1905, discovery, investigation, russians, russo-japanese war, shanghai

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