This report on the Effect of the Gun-Fire of the United States Vessels in the Battle of Manila Bay, by the Intelligence Officer of the U.S.S. Baltimore, has lately been received. In transmitting it Admiral Dewey calls attention to the value of the information contained.
The conclusions drawn by Lieutenant Ellicott at the end of his report are particularly interesting.
Commander, U.S.N., Chief Intelligence Officer.
Navy Department, March 27, 1899.
A. S. Crowninshield, Rear-Admiral, U. S. N.,
Chief of Bureau of Navigation.
U.S.S. Baltimore, Iloilo, P. I., January 1, 1899.
Sir:—I have the honor to submit the following report on the effects of the gun-fire of the United States fleet upon the Spanish war vessels in the battle of May 1, 1898, and respectfully request that it be forwarded to the Office of Naval Intelligence. The report is based upon a personal examination of all the vessels, personal conversations with officers who served on them in the action, and extracts from Admiral Montojo's official report.