|Not everything went well for Rus. Off the Cape of Good Hope on December 9, the squadron encountered severe storms in which the squadron’s battleships popped
up and down like tops. When the presence of the tug could be at its most crucial, the Rus disappeared from the scene to steam out of the storm. As the squadron
approached Madagascar on December 16, Rus was used as a dispatch vessel to carry cables to the port of Tamatave. As the combined 2nd and 3rd Pacific
Squadrons reached the South China Sea, Admiral Rozhestvensky decided to rid his fleet of some deadwood from his auxiliaries and cruisers. Between May 8 and
May 12 Rozhestvensky ordered ten of these strap hangars to steam clear of the fighting force and make for various areas of the Pacific in hopes of confusing the
Japanese. Three of the auxiliaries were considered indispensable and stayed with the fighting force. These were the Rus, Svir and the ammunition ship, Korea.
Unfortunately, since Anadyr served as a collier, she remained with the force. The Rus was with the auxiliaries at the Battle of Tsushima on May 14, 1905. Rus was
ordered to go to the assistance of the auxiliary cruiser Ural, which was sinking. While on her way she was accidentally rammed and disabled by the ill begotten
Anadyr. The crew of the Rus was removed and about an hour later Japanese cruisers sank the Rus with gunfire. However, the Anadyr, nemesis of the Rus,
survived. Anadyr disappeared into the mists of the Pacific and was not heard from for more than a month. As a collier, the Anadyr had plenty of coal intended for
the fleet, which was used to stay at sea and avoid all ports. On June 17, 1905 the captain of the Anadyr cabled from Madagascar that he had been unable to proceed
to Vladivostok, as ordered.