The U.S. Navy found itself in an unusual role in the late summer of 1905. Instead of showing the flag or waging war, it was helping to establish a prominent United States presence on the world stage by hosting negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese War.
One hundred years ago, international attention was intently focused on a seemingly inauspicious location-the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. There, the United States—specifically the Navy—was hosting negotiations to end the distant war between Russia and Japan. (The city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, adjacent to Kittery, has historically been the dominant of the two communities; hence its name is used for both the shipyard and the treaty.) What transpired at the shipyard is an inspiring example of naval participation in carrying out national policy, as well as an enduring model for resolving conflict.
The Russo-Japanese War