Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,          

August 3, 1898.        

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S E C N A V .

     W a s h i n g t o n , D . C .

HAVE THE MEASURMENTS OF THE VESSELS OF THE EASTERN SQUADRON BEEN  MADE UNDER THE SUEZ CANAL RULES;1 IF NOT, DELAY MAY RESULT. PROBABLY CAN BE MEASURED BY THE CONSTRUCTORS FROM THE DRAWINGS.

S A M P S O N .

Source Note: DecyC, DNA, RG 313, Entry 47. Handwritten at the bottom of the cable are cipher notes: “00462)4 00462 ABJUGATE 04587)5 ALGERMARIA/0131)95 40131 GALIMATIAS/95000 VASTLEGGEN 50000. KNEEBRUSH.”

Footnote 1: All Eastern Squadron vessels were of a size that they could pass through the Suez Canal. See: Long to Commo. John C. Watson, 14 July 1898.

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