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Commodore George Remey, Commandant, Key West Naval Base, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

No. 13W AM, T --ed Collect GR [Tie 3a.m]1

Dated     Key West Fla, July 16-98

To        Secretary Navy.

WASHINGTON D.C.

It will be necessary to have a harbor for torpedo boat base. The Nashville is looking for that now.If such can be found, vessel can then be sent to supply coal and water for torpedo boats.

   This vessels will have to be relieved at stated intervals to fill with coal.With hurricane season coming on,2 torpedo boats must have place of refuge.Necessary also for their crews to have occasional rest in security, even when base is secured will have to watch for smooth time to send the boats down there.3

Remey

9:14 P.M.

Source Note: C, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 234. Cable on “Western Union Telegraph Co.,/SPECIAL” form.

Footnote 1: The latter part of this transmission information is typed on top of a line in boldface that is printed on the form; it is almost illegible.

Footnote 2: For more on the hurricane season in the Eastern Caribbean, see: North Atlantic Fleet Squadron Circular Letter Number 79. 

Footnote 3: If Long replied to Remey’s proposal, it has not been found.

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