Commander Arent S. Crowninshield, Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, to Commodore George C. Remey, Commandant, Key West Naval Base
June 13th, 1898.
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Should naval vessels visit Port Tampa, please give their Commanding Officers instructions informing them that they are authorized to enlist men for one year, general service unless sooner discharged, if any applicants should present themselves. Enlistments may be made in the ratings of seaman, ordinary seamen, machinist, 1st and 2nd class, firemen 1st and 2nd class, and in other ratings necessary for the fleet. They can be enlisted in those mentioned however, without regard to the necessities of the fleet. When enlisted, transfer them to the LANCASTER, or to such vessel as may need them.
A. S. Crowninshield
Chief of Bureau.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 72. Addressed below close: “Commandant/Naval Base/Key West, Fla.” Document features the seal of the United States Department of the Navy Bureau of Navigation in the top center. Document reference: ADDRESS BUREAU OF NAVIGATION, NAVY DEPARTMENT,/AND REFER TO NO. 119171-JRC.”