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FRENCH ARTILLERY CAISSON, BEARING THE COFFIN OF JOHN PAUL JONES, MOVING ALONG THE CHAMPS

ÉLYSÉES, PARIS, JULY 6, 1905.

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AMERICAN SAILORS CROSSING THE BRIDGE OF ALEXANDER III. AND PASSING BEFORE THE CATAFALQUE ON

WHICH WAS PLACED THE COFFIN OF JOHN PAUL JONES, PARIS, JULY 6, 1905.

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REPORT OF REAR-ADMIRAL SIGSBEE

U. S. NAVY

(Extract.)

OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER SECOND SQUADRON,

NORTH ATLANTIC FLEET, U. S. S. Brooklyn, Tompkinsville, N. Y., July 26, 1905. Sir: In making my report relative to the John Paul Jones expedition, under my command in chief, I shall divide the report into four parts, owing to the length of the report. The first part will embrace the passage from Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York, to Cherbourg, France, including the proceedings immediately following the arrival at Cherbourg. The second part will embrace the matters relating to our visit to Cherbourg and Paris, including the ceremonies connected with the transfer and the embarkation of the remains of Paul Jones. The third part will embrace the return passage from Cherbourg to Annapolis, Md., and the fourth part will embrace matters connected with the transfer of the remains to the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

PART I

In obedience to the orders of the Navy Department, I took command in chief of the third division of the Second Squadron, detached temporarily from the North Atlantic Fleet for the John Paul Jones expedition, on June 18, 1905.

I got the squadron under way, at Tompkinsville, for Cherbourg, France, at i p. m. on Sunday, June 18.

The squadron was composed of the Brooklyn, flag ship, Capt. John M. Hawley, U. S. Navy; the Tacoma, Commander Reginald F. Nicholson, U. S. Navy; the Galveston, Commander William G. Cutler, U. S. Navy; and the Chattanooga, Commander Alex. Sharp, U. S. Navy.

Because of the recently reported icebergs and floes well to the southward of the Great Bank, I chose the most southerly steamship route for the passage.

On June 26, late in the afternoon, the North German Lloyd steamship Deutschland passed in sight of the squadron, bound eastward, and the American Line steamship New York, bound westward, passed a few hours later.

No stops were necessary because of derangement of the machinery or other mishaps.

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