A Colonial Gunboat in the Boxer War

By Randolph Vigne , published November 2000


This article presents an episode in the career of Vice Admiral Sir William Creswell, when he took Protector to the Boxer War, to prove that Australia could defend itself. The memoir details the enterprise with which his command was suppplied with fresh water, evaded a dangerous typhoon and re-fittted in Hongkong. The diplomatic difficulties of the posting are recounted with humour, and Creswell’s pride in the Naval Reserve is unbounded.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies

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