- The Yangtze River Patrol (henceforth more simply the Patrol) is most commonly associated with the U.S. Navy, as an extension of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet.
- The patrol worked on the Yangtze River, the great water highway of China permitting access to the interior of that great land for a distance of 1,200 miles up river
Map of Yangtze
Map of Yangtze River
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History of the Patrol
- The patrol began in the early 1850s and continued through December 7, 1941.
- It was commenced to protect American interests in the area and ensure the safe passage of ships up river.
- Separate and apart from the U.S. Navy flotillas operating in the area, European nations sought to protect their interests in the region. They, in turn, assigned ships and flotillas to the region to protect those interests
Other Nations' Patrols
While not per se "Yangtsze River" Patrol flotillas, the ships of the following nations served the same national interests as the U.S. Navy. Those nations included:
- Austria Hungary - until 1914
- France until 1941
- Germany until 1914
- Great Britain until 1941
- Italy until 1941
- Japan until 1945
The following page contains links to all of the country-specific presentations.
Links to All Yangtze Flotilla Presentations
These individual little, known flotillas are illustrated and described in the following web presentations:
For More Information
- For more information on all the navies involved, and several thousands photographic images as well as postcards, contact Randy Pence of Albuequeque, New Mexico.
- The small bites presentations contained herein was developed by former MPHS editor Sergio Lugo, following a request to Pastor Pence in September 2017. It features: postmarks, ship illustrations, postcards and covers of a select few of the ships of these foreign navy flotillas.
Created by Serio Lugo from material supplied by Randy Pence
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