Despite explicit instructions not to engage in combat with the Red Fleet, Admiral Sinclair still decides to bring the squadron to Estonia. He writes in his report:
My remaining at Libau on account of rumours that movements of the Russian Bolshevik warships were taking place in the vicinity of Reval amounts to an acknowledgement that the Bolsheviks are the superior power, at any rate at the Eastern Baltic. This must necessarily have a very depressing effect on the Esthonians, and give corresponding confidence to the Bolsheviks. …my remaining at Libau will have a worse moral effect than risking a meeting with a superior Bolshevik force in the vicinity of Reval.
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