The fleet set off from Libau on October 16 1904. They would be sailing around the world to get to Vladivostok.
Things got wrong immediately. The ship lost its anchor chain. The fleet had to wait until the chain was found. They also shot at two of their ships and British trawlers.
meanwhile the ‘Kamchatka’ reappeared,. As the Russian fleet was departing the port of Tangier, one of its ships accidentally cut the city’s underwater telegraph cable with her anchor. The result was to cut off communication between Tangier and Europe for four days.