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The Chishima-Ravenna Collision

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This chapter discusses the incident and the ensuing cases that exemplify many practical aspects of the operation of British extra-territoriality in Japan and how the two authorities balanced mutual co-operation to make the system work whilst defending their own interests amidst the emotion of the British community in Japan (and on the China Coast) and equally nationalistic Japanese elements. The Naval Court's principal focus was upon the British officers' competence, their conduct of the Ravenna's navigation and their immediate actions to assist the sinking Chishima, and whether the Ravenna had complied with Board of Trade regulations in terms of lifeboats and other equipment. The Japanese government allowed the Chishima's officers and crew to appear before the Naval Court- but prevented the Ravenna's pilot from giving evidence (and prosecuted him).

Keywords: British community; Chishima; Japan; Naval Court; Ravenna



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