Secretary of the Navy John D. Long to Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, Commander, North Atlantic Fleet
COMPAGNIE FRANÇAISE DES CABLES TÉLÉGRAPHIQUES
a refrigerating ship similar to the Celtic is being fitted out with fresh provisions and with other provisions for two thousand ten for three months to accompany Watson
Source Note: CS, DNA, RG 313, Entry 45. Dated with company stamp; “SOCIÉTÉ FRANÇAISE DES TELEGRAHPHES SOUS MARIN/29 JUIN 98.” Also dated with MARBLEHEAD stamp: “USS MARBLEHEAD/2:30 am/JUN 30 1898.” Other printed matter: “DE Washington/No. d’origine: 47/Nombre de mots 32/Indications de service Gam/Reçu le 7 H 16 de L’Émployé. Cap F.D.” In English the name of the company is: French Company of Telegraphic Cables. Within the stamp the translation is: French Society of Undersea Cables and 29 June.