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Commodore Winfield S. Schley, Commander, Flying Squadron, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

Per Harvard or Minneapolis,

Arrived May 21 off Cienfuegos Stood in this morning May 22 within 4000 yards entrance Found them busily mining. Cannot say whether Spanish fleet in port or not. The anchorage not visible from entrance. Iowa and Dupontarrived today Expect difficulty here will be to coal from Colliers in the constant heavy swells, other problems is easy compared with this one, so far from base.


Source Note: CS, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 230. Docketed: “Schley telegram/announcing his/arrival off/Cienfuegos/(p. 394 appendix). This is the handwritten deciphered copy. Also available is a typed copy of the telegram. The only difference between the two is some punctuation, reference to the original cipher copy, and the sentence that begins with: “Iowa and Dupont ...” was changed to: “The Iowa and the Torpedo Boat Dupont arrived today.” DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 230.

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