Captain Charles E. Clark to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Bahia, Brazil, May 9, 1898.
Secretary of the Navy, Washington:
Much delayed by the Marietta and the Nictheroy. Left them near Cape Frio, with orders to come home or beach, if necessity compels it, to avoid capture. The Oregon could steam 14 knots for hours, and in a running fight might beat off and even cripple the Spanish fleet. With present coal aboard will be in good fighting trim, and could reach West Indies. If more should be taken here I could reach Key West; but, in that case, belt armor, cellulose belt, and protective deck would be below waterline. Whereabouts of Spanish fleet requested.
Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, pp. 51-52.