The following account of the battle fought between the Chinese and Japanese fleets off the mouth of the Yalu river on September 17, 1894, is based upon the reports printed in the Army and Navy Gazette, London, Sept. 22 to Dec. 1; the Engineer, London, Oct. 5; le Yacht, Paris, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, and Dec, 1; the Japan Daily Mail, Yokohama, Oct. 11; the New York Herald, Nov. 7; the New York Times, Dec. 9; and several letters in the London Times and other papers. The clearest accounts of the maneuvers of the two fleets are found in the Japanese official reports, printed in the Japan Mail of Oct. 11 and le Yacht of Oct. 6.
* Later reports seem to indicate that the troops were landed in the inlet west of the Yalu, where the fleet was found by the Japanese.
* It is uncertain whether both the captain and the first lieutenant or only the captain of the Akagi was killed. The "report of the Akagi" in the Japan Mail says that the captain was killed at 1.25 p.m. by a shell striking the bridge, but makes no mention of the either the captain or the first lieutenant being aloft and being killed by the fall of the mast, which happened some time later; but it mentions the name of the lieutenant who "took the place of the navigating officer and commanded the vessel" (for 8 minutes, from 2.15 to 2.23) while the latter was having his wounds dressed. The report of Admiral Ito's aide-de-campe to the Mikado, on the other hand, says that the captain was aloft and was killed by the fall of the mast, and that the first lieutenant then took command. The lists of casualties published in the Army and Navy Gazette credit the Akagi with only one officer killed.
* He it is that has since committed suiced in consequence of having stranded the Chen Yuen in attempting to avoid the submarine mines in the harbor of Wei-Hai-Wei.
* Secretary to Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Squadron
* Commander P. N. McGiffin, I. C. N.
* Navy Yard, Yokosuka, Japan.
* U. S. S. Charleston, Asiatic Squadron
* See Commander McGiffin's plan in the Century. The Japanese are said to have possessed accurate charts from their own surveys of the coast made two or three years before.
* Marine Rundschau, February 1895.
* Published in the Japan Mail.