In Apia Harbour, Upolu, Samoa, March 1889, were congregated the warships of 3 great nations: the United States, Germany and Great Britain. As they prepared for human conflict, they were assaulted by nature, when a terrible hurricane battered the little port with the fiercest storm ever known in the islands - either before or since.
The American vessels Trenton
, and the German vessels Adler
, were destroyed, whilst the U.S.S. Nipsic
and SMS Olga
were forced to beach severely damaged. The many merchant ships in the harbour were lost.
Only the British man-of-war H.M.S. Calliope
, commanded by Captain Henry Kane, Royal Navy, managed to escape the death trap that Apia had become. Click on the image of the ships to find out more.