Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
Hongkong, April 4, 1898.
Secretary of the Navy, Washington:
I have chartered the British steamer Nanshan, having over 3,000 tons of coal now on board. Before the outbreak of hostilities can and would purchase this steamer. I request the earliest information in order to conclude arrangements. Can not be made after the outbreak of hostilities.
Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, p. 66.