The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 4, 1891

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Commodore Gridley, who is to be detached from the tenth lighthouse district June 30, will go to Cleveland to superintend the construction of the tenders Lilac and Columbine, being built there by Globe Shipbuilding Company for the lighthouse service on the coast.

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Com. C. V. Gridley was the selfsame naval officer who was recipient of Commodore George Dewey's famous words "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," when he was captain of the Asiatic fleet flagship OLYMPIA in 1898. The words heralded the opening shots against the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay and thus the end of the Spanish-American war. For a biography of Gridley, who had strong Great Lakes connections, see . Note in the biography his connection with Admiral David Harmony, who was chairman of the lighthouse board during Gridley's tenure with the Lighthouse Service.
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June 4, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 4, 1891