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Commander Washburn Maynard to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Squadron

U.S.S.Nashville,3rd rate, 

Making passage from Cienfuegos to Havana;



     I. I have the honor to report the condition of this ship as follows:

     Hull out side below water line, somewhat foul,four months since being cleaned and painted,

     Hull inside and Hull outside,above water line,-Good.

     MachineryGood with few minor repairs,

     2. Employment of ship:

Ist - 2I at,At anchor at Key West Florida,Occasional night picket duty,off Sand Key Light.

22nd,Started to Havana, When capture Spanish steamer” Buenaventura1

22nd, Night of, Made passage to Havana,to join fleet,

23rd -25th  ,Blockade off Mariel,

25th to 29th,-Making passage  ,with 4th Division, to Cienfuegos.

,  29th ,captured Spanish steamer“Argonauta”,

29th,night of, and 30th making passage to Havana with Dispatches,

Very Respectfully,     


Commander, U.S.N.,


Source Note: TDS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 47. Addressed below close: “The Commander-in-Chief,/U.S.Naval Forces,/North Atlantic Station,” Bureau of Navigation stamp in right corner: “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N. A. STATION/JUL 11 1898.” Docketed: “U.S.S.Nashville, 3rd rate,/At sea,April 30,I898./W. Maynard,/Commander, U.S.N,/Commanding./Report of Condition and/Employment of ship.”

Footnote 1: Nashville fired the first shot of the Spanish-American War when it captured the Buenaventura. See: Superintendent of the Library and Naval War Records Charles W. Stewart to Mr. C.Q. Chandler, 19 July 1909.

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