Monday, July 18th, 1898

the Weather is pretty the Insurgent & Spaniards are still keeping up the Fight latest Reports are that the Insurgent where driven back we all courensing to egt the everythink loaded on Deck each men takes his full outfit and 50 Rounds of Ammunition in the afternon I was lucky enough to goe out with out with Captain and several others in a Rowboat and visit the Ruins of the sunken Ships we visited 4 of them I got a Relic from every one and hope to take it home with me we where also on the Flagship she had 28 inch Guns and several smaler ones and I can hardly understand why no damage was done to our Fleet during our Trip it raigned awfull heavy we all got wet to our skin we their rowed over to Cavite and seen the spanich prisoner wich Dewy had taken 1500 of them this place atracted our attention very much as the Building churches and Walls seem to be all about a thousand years old we also noticed a place where it is said when all Political and other prisoners where executed we returned back to the Zealandia the same 3 men are still sick all others are well and are seemingly good Spirit.

The weather is pretty. The insurgents and Spaniards are still keeping up the fight. Latest reports are that the insurgents were driven back. We all ????? to get everything loaded on deck. Wach man takes his full outfit and fifty rounds of ammunition. In the afternoon I was lucky enough to go out with Captain [Bierer] and several others in a rowboat and visit the ruins of the sunken ships. We visited four of them. I got a relic from every one and hope to take them home with me. We were also on the flagship. She had 28-inch guns and several smaller ones and I can hardly understand why no damage was done to our fleet. During our trip it rained awfully heavily. We all got wet to out skin. We then rowed over to Cavite and saw the Spanish prisoners which Dewey had taken: 1500 of them. This place attracted our attention very much as the buildings, churches and walls seemed to be about a thousand years old. We also noticed a place where it is said that all political and other prisoners were executed. We returned back to the Zealandia. The same three men are still sick. All others are well and are seemingly in good spirit.