[APG Public List] steamer "Nippon Mary" from Yokohame to Honolulu on 09/12/1901
Rolgeiger at aol.com
Rolgeiger at aol.com
Fri Sep 24 16:26:47 MDT 2010
I've just finished transcribing a bunch of letters from a German officer
from 1900/1901. Alfred von Landsberg was a lieutenant in German Army and
participated in the so-called "Boxer Revol" in China in summer 1900. Actually
his unit was sent there as a reaction to the revolt when civilans from
Russia, Japan, Germany, England, America and others were besieged in downtown
Peking, China. German replacement troops arrived in September 1900 when the
revolt was nearly over. Nevertheless they stayed in China until summer 1901
- they had a similar job than our troops have now in Afganistan. Well,
pretty much similar - more or less.
Instead of writing his diary Alfred wrote letters home wherin he described
his experiences in great detail. Fantastic stuff to make a book.
When it was all over, he rode home but on a clever way. He was granted a
three-month-leave and took the longer passage through the Pacific Ocean
passing Japan, Hawaii, San Francisco, New York to arrive in Germany in October
On Sep 12, his ship called "Nippon Maru" reached Honolulu, Hawaii. But - I
cannot find him on the ship list. They left Hawaii a couple of days later
towards San Francisco, CA. And there I cannot find him as well. The Honolulu
ship list has 11 sheets but all passengers were Japanese. The San
Francisco ship list only has three sheets (and number one is wrong image from
another ship - I've already sent an error message).
The ship he took from America to Germany was called "Grosser Kurfurst" but
Germany had no incoming passenger lists then - at least I don't know.
Comrades with Alfred were Raehne, Fulda, Hardenberg - none of them can be
found on the lists.
Anyone out there with a good idea?
Thanks a lot in advance.
Oh, one story from the letters. While on Hawaii Alfred’s friend Raehne saw
a Japanese boy who seemed very smart and asked him to accompany him home
as his servant. „Will you kome with my?“ he asked and wanted to add: „to
Germany“. But the boy misinterpreted the break (while Raehne tried to find
the word „Germany“ (Deutschland)), twinkled his eye and answered: „After 12 o
’clock, whenn all is finischt, yes!“
Roland Geiger, St. Wendel, Germany
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