Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Commodore George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Station
Washington, April 7, 1898.
Land all woodwork, stores, etc., it is not considered necessary to have for operations.1
Source Note Print: Report of the Bureau of Navigation, 1898, p. 66.
Footnote 1: Long ordered the woodwork and stores removed to minimize the risk of fire on board ship in the event of battle.