Washington, May 15, 1877.
[Importance of Complete Reports and Logs]
Many steam logs, quarterly reports, synopses, and indicator diagrams are forwarded to the Department with important data omitted, without which they are almost useless. The attention of engineer officers in charge is called to the explanations and directions contained in the steam log books, and to the regulations governing logs and reports. All the blanks in the printed forms must be filled up, and the reports must be made out so as to comply literally with the regulations. This is important, as the Department depends chiefly on these logs and reports for its knowledge of the performance and efficiency of the machinery of our ships.
Secretary of the Navy.