Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to secretary of the Navy John D. Long
HongKong, April 9, 1898.
Secretary of the Navy, Washington:
I have purchased the British steamer Zafiro, for supplies, for £18,000 sterling. I will arm, equip, and man vessel immediately.1
Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation: 1898, p. 66.
Footnote 1: The Zafiro was purchased under orders from Secretary Long to act as a supply ship for the Asiatic Squadron. See: Long to Dewey, 5 April 1898.