Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore Henry L. Howison, Commandant, Boston Navy Yard
April 27, 1898
Navy Yard Boston Mass
What is earliest date colliers can be ready. Most urgently needed
Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 129. With the initial deployment of naval vessels there was an immediate need for colliers. A number of orders of this nature were sent to some navy yards. RAdm. Arent S. Crowninshield, for instance, telegraphed the commandant (Commo. Silas Casey) of League Island, PA on the same above-referenced date with the following words: “When will colliers be ready. Most urgently needed by Sampson.” Ibid.