German Warships Greeted By President Taft in Virginia
3 German warships, the SMS Bremen, SMS Stettin and SMS Moltke arrived at Hampton Roads Naval Docks in Virginia as part of a worldwide visit. While 1,000 German sailor stood at attention Admiral Hubert von Reuber-Paschwitz greeted President William Howard Taft as he boarded the SMS Molke.
“Admiral, I am glad to welcome you and have an opportunity of visiting the Moltke, one of the finest ships I have even seen.”
Taft was given a personal tour of the battlecruiser by the admiral.
as the ships band played “The Star Spangled Banner” and the ship’s 6 pound gun fired off a 21 gun salute. Later that evening the German admiral and ship’s officers were feted at a formal dinner aboard the US dreadnought Florida with US officers and diplomats attending.