from the files of Capt. Charles W. Styer, Jr., USN(Ret.)
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
January 8, 1901
1. Referring to Navy Department’s letter#24761 l-HHW, of the 3’d instant, in regard to instruction of cadets and enlisted men on board HOLLAND, I have the honor to inform the Bureau that thirteen officers are being instructed in HOLLAND, and that a plan has been prepared for the instruction of cadets of the first class.
2. The present crew of HOLLAND is especially well fitted to assist in this instruction, and it is strongly recommended that they be retained as the fixed crew of the boat during any instruction that is to be given, and that such enlisted men as the Bureau desires to have instructed be sent here from time to time, to remain until they are proficient in the care and handling of submarine boats. It is very essential that the present crew of the boat be retained during this period of instruction because during the runs it is impossible for the officer in command of HOLLAND to look after the management of the engines and the other appliances of the boat while he is in the conning tower directing the run, and it would be inadvisable to have new men take the places of the four who now make up the crew, during these periods of instruction.
3. The construction of HOLLAND is such that not more than three passengers can be carried on submerged runs and not more than six on surface runs.
4. HOLLAND will sail today on her trial run to Norfolk and return, and will be convoyed by STANDISH. Several officers are going along on STANDISH for instruction and observation.
Commander, U.S. Navy
The Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department, Washington, D.C .