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Captain Charles E. Clark to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Callao,[Peru] April 6, 1898

Secretary of Navy,


     On account of navigation of Magellan Strait, and reported movements Spanish Torpedo Vessel near Montevideo, I should recommend “Marietta“ to accompany this vessel. If required, I could touch Talcahuana,1 Chile; for orders six days after my sailing.2


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 80, Entry 194, vol. 1, p. 2.

Footnote 1: Talchuano.

Footnote 2: Secretary of the Navy Long accepted Clark’s recommendation and ordered Marietta to arrange the acquisition of coal for Oregon at Sandy Point (Punta Arenas), Chile. The two ships traveled together from that point until 9 May. See: Long to Clark, 6 April 1898; Clark to Long, 9 May 1898; and Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, 48-49.