Captain William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
U.S.Flagship New York,1st Rate,
April 14th, 1898.
1. In anticipation of the establishment of a blockade,I have decided to begin with the following ports,viz:--Mariel, Havana, Matanzas and Cardenas.
2. As soon as this shall be established I shall at once inform the Department.
3. I regard it as impossible on account of the limited coal capacity of many of our ships to begin the blockade of the southern ports until the colliers shall be on the ground ready to supply the blockading vessels with coal.
U.S.Naval Force on North Atlantic Station.
Source Note: CbCyS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 32, vol. 7, p. 7. Addressed below close: “The Secretary of the Navy,/Navy Department,/Washington,D.C.” Document reference: “No. 39.”