North Atlantic Fleet Squadron Circular Letter No. 79
Squadron Circular Letter No. 79. [August 3, 1898.]
1.-As the hurricane season approaches1 the Commander-in-Chief desires to call the attention of Commanding Officers to the necessity for increased vigilance.
2.-Commanding Officers, when first going to a new station on blockade of elsewhere, should familiarize themselves with all the surrounding harbors or refuge, and decide upon a harbor to which they can have recourse in case of a storm while on that station.
3.-The barometer should be watched carefully and everything possible done to be prepared for the approach of a hurricane. It should be a rule that the Officer-of-the-deck promptly report to the Commanding Officer and change in the barometer. . .
Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Naval Force,
North Atlantic Station.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 313, Entry 37. The circular is from a page containing circulars numbers 78, 79, and 80 under the heading: “North Atlantic Station./U. S. FLAGSHIP NEW YORK (1st Rate),/Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,/August 3, 1898.”
Footnote 1: In the Eastern Caribbean, hurricane the season tends to be busiest between mid-August and mid-September.