Storm at Samoa

By Oliver Warner, published November 1958


In 1889 Samoa was caught up in the imperial ambitions of Britain, America and Germany. The RN corvette Calliope was despatched to Apia and on arrival found American and German warships in the harbour. Captain H. C. Kane intervened to prevent the Germans landing and then forcibly stopped them searching British ships. In March a hurricane hit Apia, with only the Calliope escaping. The three Powers were so shaken by events that a treaty ensured neutrality for the Samoan Group, with the Royal Navy’s demonstration of sea-power convincing the Americans that sea-power was fundamental to their future.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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