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Armed Steam Ship "S.S. Ali Pasha" was launched this afternoon, heading to Kalafat.Four more requisitioned steam ships are going thru emergency refit despite being under steam.
Bust 48 hours just finished at the dry dock. Both Steam Ships (SS Ali Pasha and SS Rumelia)had a rendez vous today,fit for role and looking good.Paint still drying.Shorty be enroute for Kalafat. Another 3 steamers are sailing in the vacinity exoected to join as an operational flotilla.
SS Ali Pasha is an armed steam ship
SS Rumelia ia a Steam Tug which will be used as one of two sentinnel for the armed Steamships when those are engaging enemy.
I can't wait to see it. Keep up the good work Hank!
Other masts are breaking teh horizon.But I am 5 ships adrift ,2 wait at the rendez-vous.
Breakfast parade today has teh Jagers completed.
They are practising alot maybe they are using psychological warfare. But think the Turkish steam ship whistles are playing a tune also.!!!!
Update : Artillery duelled through the night, light casualties as most troops were stood down until barrages ended. Expect they are trying to weaken our defences.
A senior Russian Uhlan Officer was seen near forward positions with Cossacks on a reconnaissance patrol early this morning.Some more Russian Artillery arrived shortly after and began digging in.
Jagers seen along the edge of the woods facing Kalafat defences.Cossack infantry moved to our right flank.Cossack cavalry persistently active in foraging.
No contact with flotilla established yet.
1 sentry missing, presumed captured last night.
Nothing further to report.
Approximately two further steam ships seen at daybreak at the flotillas anchor point.Patrol despatched to establish contact and guide.
Jagers reported in strength at forward positions.
No foraging patrols seen last night
Cossack regrouped on our right flank.
Russian Imperial band playing thru last light.
Uhlan piquet posted with many of their officers visiting it.
Indications are , attack imminent expect to face the assault at dawn.
The dawn Attack went in ,and the result was expected. More reinforcements for both sides are being pressed.
Some expected reinforcements did not make teh dealine due to poor transportation routes being congested.
It appears a much bigger battle will ensue.