Commodore John C. Watson, Commander, Eastern Squadron, to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
July 15, 1898.
I was on the point of sending this telegram, copy enclosed when I found the GLOUCESTER was about returning to you, so I write to beg you will please not turn your captured lighter over to the Army until after first using her as a water lighter to bring fresh water from Daiquiri for the boilers of our ships here.
It is of the utmost importance just now to have her
to tow towed back and forth from Daiquiri. She is tight and can probably bring 25000 gallons at a time anyhow.
I congratulate you on the surrender. We have plenty of coal in here for the moment, and the SOUTHERY, steam collier, has Pocahontas coal. A schooner with 3500 tons Cumberland coal4 was towed in by the SOUTHERY.
Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Squadron.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, AFRNC, RG 313, Entry 53. Addressed below close: “Rear Admiral W.T.Sampson, U.S.N.,/Commander-in-Chief,/North Atlantic Fleet.” Stamped at top-left corner of page. “RECEIVED/FLAG-SHIP N. A. SQUADRON/JUL 16 1898.”