Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long
United States Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
APRIL 18, 1898.
1. I have the honor to submit the following report of the squadron under my command from April 1st:-
2. The squadron, with the exception of the Monocacy, has remained at this port, keeping full of coal, provisions and stores.
3. The Monocacy has remained at Shanghai, and arrangements are being made by her Commanding Officer by which it is believed that he will be able to furnish coal and supplies to the purchased steamers at or near that port in case of hostilities.
4. On the 6th instant, in obedience to you orders, I purchased the British Steamer Nanshan of London, of 2200 gross and 1344 registered tons. She was built in 1896 and is in excellent condition. The purchase price was 32000 pounds sterling with the privilege of re-selling her within three months for 26000 pounds. She has on board 3000 tons of Cardiff coal which I had previously purchased.
5. On the 11th, the British Steamer Zafiro was bought for 18000 pounds sterling. She is 1062 gross and 675 registered tons, was built in 1884 and is in excellent condition. She has on board provisions for the squadron for two months and 660 tons of Cardiff coal. Both of these vessels have their bunkers full of Japanese coal for their own consumption.
6. On the 10th instant, Lieutenant B.W. Hodges, Ensign H.A. Pearson and Passed Assistant Engineer G. Kaemmerling with fifty men arrived having been transferred from the Monocacy by my offer. They are assigned as follows:
Lieutenant Hodges, with four men to the Nanshan.
Ensign Pearson, with four men, to the Zafiro.
Passed Assistant Engineer Kaemmerling to the OLYMPIA.
The rest of the men were distributed to fill vacancies temporarily in the vessels of the squadron.
7. The BALTIMORE arrived at Yokohama on the 11th instant. She was ordered to fill up with stores and best coal and proceed to Hong Kong immediately and sailed for this port on the 15th instant.
8. The revenue cutter McCULLOCH arrived on the 17th instant with orders for service with this squadron. She will be coaled and provisioned immediately.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Commanding U.S. Naval Force on Asiatic Station.
Source Note: CyS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 363. Document Reference: “No.198-D.” Addressed below close: “The Secretary of the Navy,/Washington, D.C./(Bureau of Navigation.).” Copy sent to the Bureau of Navigation. Document on “United States Naval Force on Asiatic Station,” stationary.