With the exception of the few highest-ranking naval officials, nobody was aware of Roosevelt's intention to send the fleet around the world. All anyone else knew was that the fleet would be steaming from the east to west coast in a training exercise.
President Theodore Roosevelt sent the fleet of 16 white-painted battleships on the 14-month world cruise for a number of reasons, principally as a global public relations event. America had been quietly building up the second largest navy in the world, with no one paying attention. The voyage was planned as an announcement to the World that said, “Hey, we're here.” The headline "TR PR" would have been an accurate, as well as succinct description.
Albany was one of the many places visited by the white fleet, they sailed into Princess Royal Harbour on the 11th of September, 1908.