Captain William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Station, to Commander Bowman H. McCalla and Commander James H. Dayton
U.S. Flagship New York, 1st Rate,
Key West, Florida.
April 15, 1898.
S I R :--
Upon the outbreak of war, I shall probably send the “INDIANA”, “MARBLEHEAD” and “DETROIT” upon a coasting cruise about the Island of Cuba, with the main purpose of destroying the cables on the South Coast, fitting particularly one of the ships for this purpose.
2. I have learned that there are certain appliances at the cable-office at Key West, which will probably serve, when supplied with a sufficient length of cable for grappling, which is not on hand at the cable-office. I have directed Captain Taylor to examine into this matter, and learn whether either the “MARBLEHEAD” or “DETROIT” is properly fitted for weighing the sub-marine cable when caught in the channel. Captain Taylor will arrange a consultation and you will together decide what means shall be employed for this work.
Captain, U. S. Navy,
Commander in Chief, U. S.Naval Force
North Atlantic Station.
Source Note: TLS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 48. Addressed below close: “The Commanding Officer” Copies of this letter were sent to both Commander Bowman H. McCalla and Commander James H. Dayton. Document reference: “ No.5 to MARBLEHEAD./No. 4. To DETROIT.”