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Commodore Arent S. Crowninshield, Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, to George C. Remey, Commandant, Key West Naval Base

Washington, June 6, 1898.   

     Why does Supply remain at Key West? Have all her fresh provisions been used up? Sampson is telegraphing for fresh provisions.1 If fresh provisions are gone, or nearly so, send ship to New York for more. Do not allow fresh provisions Supply vessels to remain at Key West longer than is necessary to coal and give supplies to vessels at Key West.

Crowninshield

Source Note: TCyS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 231. Addressed before opening: “Naval Base,/Key West, Fla.”

Footnote 1: RAdm. William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet. This sentence was crossed out by hand. Supply was the Navy’s principal supply ship for operations in the Caribbean. 

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