Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
U.S.Flagship New York,1st Rate,
1. I have the honor to make the following report on the distribution and employment of ships for the month of April,1898:--
NEWYORK: Left Key West for Havana,Cuba,April 22nd,arriving off that port on the same day,and started blockade of the same. On April 27 ran down to Matanzas and shelled batteries,returning the same day to station off Havana. On the 29th steamed up the coast as far as Mariel and returned to station.
IOWA : April 22nd left Key West for Havana,Cuba,arriving off that port the same day. Was stationed in blockading Squadron off Havana.
INDIANA : April 20 went to Tortugas for coal,returning to Key West April 22nd,and on the same day left Key West for Havana,Cuba,arriving the same day. April 26th went to Tortugas for coal and rejoined Flag off Havana April 29th.
TERROR : April 1st was en route from Charleston to Key West arriving at the latter port on the 2nd. Joined Flag off Havana Cuba,April 23rd,and proceeded to blockading station off Cardenas.1
MONTGOMERY : Was at Norfolk until April 25th when she left that place for Key West, convoying the transport Panther.2
MARBLEHEAD : Was at Key West until April 23rd,when she joined the Flag off Havana, April 25th was sent to Cienfuegos to intercept transports.3
CINCINNATI : April 22nd left Key West for Havana,Cuba,and arrived there the same day. Proceeded to her blockading station off Matanzas on April 23rd.4
CASTINE : April 22nd left Key West for Havana,Cuba,arriving off that port on the same day. April 23rd assumed blockading station off Mariel.
WILMINGTON : At Jacksonville April 1st. April 9th left for Key West,arriving at that place on the 11th.
MACHIAS : Left Boston April 7th for Key West,arriving there the 15th. April 22nd left Key West for Havana,arriving off that port on the same day. April 23rd took blockading station off Cardenas.
HELENA : April 1st en route to Key West,arriving there the 6th. April 23rd left Key West for Yucatan Channel to intercept Spanish steamers.
SAMOSET : At Key West.
LEYDEN : En route to Key West arriving there on the 3rd with the barge EDITH HOWE.
DOLPHIN : April 16th arrived Key West. April 25th joined flag off Havana and was assigned to blockading station of Bahia Honda.
AMPHITRITE : April 8th arrived off Key West. April 22nd left Key West for Havana,arriving there the same day. Was assigned to blockading station off Matanzas April 23rd. April 26th went to Key West for coal,arriving there the following day. April 30th resumed station off Matanzas.
MANGROVE : April 23rd joined flag off Havana. Returned to Key West April 25th with the Spanish steamer PANAMA and for coal. April 29th rejoined Flag off Havana.
MC LANE : April 13th ordered to patrol duty from Key West to Sanibal Islands. April 14th arrived Punta Gorda and station.
NEZINSCOT : April 13th arrived Key West.
ALGONQUIN : April 13th arrived Key West.
MAYFLOWER : April 14th left Newport for Key West,where she arrived April 19th. April 22nd left Key West for Havana,arriving off that port on the same day. Was assigned to Havana blockading division.
HORNET : April 24th reported to Flag off Havana and was assigned to Havana blockading division.
EAGLE : April 25th reported to Flag off Havana Cuba,and was sent to Cienfeugos to intercept transports.
HAWK : April 25th reported to Flag off Havana,Cuba. April 26th was sent to patrol Yucatan Channel.
TECUMSEH : Reported to Flag off Havana, April 26th. Assigned to Havana division.
WOMPATUCK : Reported to Flag off Havana, Cuba. Very respectfully,
Rear Admiral, Comdr.-in-Chief,
U.S.Naval Force on North Atlantic Station.
Source Note: CyS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 228. Addressed below close: “The Secretary of the Navy,/NavyDepartment,/Washington D.C./Navigation” Copy sent to the Bureau of Navigation.” Docketed: U.S. Flagship New York/(1st Rate)/Off Havana, Cuba/May 1st 98/Sampson, W.T.,/Captain,/Commander-in-Chief/U.S. Naval Force/North Atlantic Station./Subject:/Distribution & employment/of ships April 1898.”
Footnote 1: For more on the Terror’s operations, see: Nicoll Ludlow to Sampson, 25 April 1898.
Footnote 2: U.S. Marine transport ship Panther.
Footnote 3: For more on the Marblehead’s operations, see: Bowman H. McCalla to Sampson, 1 May 1898.
Footnote 4: For more on the Cincinnati’s operations, see: Colby M. Chester to Sampson, 28 April 1898.