Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George C. Remey, Commaandant, Key West Naval Base
Naval Station, Key West, Fla.
Informed by State Department Legation of Sweden and Norway state <that> Swedish Vice Consul Key West telegraphed Norwegian steamer Bratsberg has been captured and held as prize. Cleared from Progreso, Mexico in ballast for Sagua La Grande which is not blockaded. At time of her capture, she was on course for destination. Investigate immediately and if facts are as stated release vessel at once, otherwise hold and report by telegraph Department.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 45, Entry 29. Handwritten file no. at top left of the page: “109828.” The word in angle brackets is a handwritten interlineation.