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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. . .

WILLIAM T. SAMPSON,        

Rear Admiral,     

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.

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