Many accounts of the naval fight in the Sea of Japan have been written, and some of them by writers accustomed to treat of naval subjects. There would not be any reason for writing another account had not these accounts been written so soon after the battle as to leave many important points obscured.
Now, that the detailed report of Admiral Togo has been published, it is possible to correct errors in the earlier accounts and to clear up some uncertainties. The translation of the report as published in the Army and Navy Journal is relied on in this account. Even this detailed report requires much study, and comparison with other reports, for a clear understanding of the situation; as it has lost something in translation and something possibly in its hurried preparation.
In writing this account it is attempted to clearly show the various tactical maneuvers, and to separate the work of the battleships, armored cruisers, cruisers, and torpedo flotillas. There is no mention of the use of mines or of submarine boats in any of the reports.