Extract from President Roosevelt's Message to Congress, December 3, 1907
Editor’s Note: Twenty years ago this month the Battle Fleet, so designated for the first time by President Roosevelt in the message quoted below, left Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the Pacific Coast of the United States via the Straits of Magellan. Two weeks before the departure of the battleships, six destroyers with their tender left Hampton Roads on the same voyage planning to join up with the battleships at Punta Arenas, all vessels to make the remainder of the passage through the Straits of Magellan together. The sixteen battleships and three auxiliaries plus the Commander-in-Chief’s tender, the U. S. S. Yankton, left Hampton Roads, December 16, 1907, being reviewed by President Roosevelt in the Mayflower as they passed out to sea. Sec illustrations.