Rear Admiral William S. Sims to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
SENT – April 16th,1917.
6014 - April 16th, 11 p.m.
For Secretary of Navy:
“Strongly advise that any destroyer or other patrol forces sent this side do not base on French Coast but as far to westward as practicable preferably south coast Ireland to operate principally in designated high sea area in zone to westward and southward which is present critical area.
British have been obliged largely take over mine sweeping and patrol off Brest and Havre and official reports show difficulties with French due to lack of activity on their part. We should avoid similar experience if possible. SIMS”
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. In the upper right-hand corner is the identifier “25-10-2.”