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Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station, to secretary of the Navy John D. Long

HongKong, April 9, 1898.

Secretary of the Navy, Washington:

     I have purchased the British steamer Zafiro, for supplies, for £18,000 sterling. I will arm, equip, and man vessel immediately.1


Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, p. 66.

Footnote 1: The Zafiro was purchased under orders from Secretary Long to act as a supply ship for the Asiatic Squadron. See: Long to Dewey, 5 April 1898

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