Admiral Sir David Beatty, Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, to the Admiralty
TELEGRAM No 108
Recd. 11:30 pm
From C-in-C Grand Fleet
108. I have learnt indirectly that the recent minelaying experiment by U. S. San Francisco has discovered source of previous failure and that not more than 10 per cent of failures is expected in future. I understand Admiral Sims has full information and request I may be furnished with same. In view of above facts it is intended to continue laying American mines and second minelaying squadron will leave Inverness on Sunday for that purpose.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Addressed below close: “A.C.N.S. [Assistant Chief of Naval Staff VAdm. Sir Alexander L. Duff]/DOD (K)[Director of Operations Division Capt. A. Dudley P.R. Pound]/DDOD (M) for action [Deputy Director of Operations Division Capt. Bernard St.G. Collard]/D.A.S.D. [Director of Anti-Submarine Division Capt. William W. Fisher]/D.M.S. [Director of Minesweeping Capt. Lionel G. Preston]/D.T.M.[Director of Torpedoes and Mines Capt. Frederick L. Field]/D.M.M.[Director of Mercantile Movements - unknown].” Document reference: “28-8-IR,” and in columnar fashion: “File No 1/2/A/J.”