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: "C.E. Clark," Stamped beneath signature: "Captain, U.S.N. Commanding." 1p, 3x7/8 glued to a 71/2x21/8 sheet. Written at bottom of sheet in unknown hand: "Cmdng U.S.S. "Oregon" in dash around Cape Horn 1898". Early in 1898, Captain Clark took command of the new battleship Oregon and was ordered to bring it from San Francisco to the Atlantic. On March 19th, "Clark of the Oregon," as he became known, undertook a 71-day, 15,000 mile voyage around Cape Horn to join Admiral William T. Sampson's squadron at Key West, Florida on May 25th. The Oregon proceeded with Sampson's fleet to blockade Santiago, Cuba. Signature sheet is lightly soiled, else fine.

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