Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent Dec 24, 1917. TOH
To OPNAV WASHINGTON Serial No. 2389
Prep. by CS NCT D.R.
2389. Your 1668 and my 2363. In consultation with Admiral Jellicoe this morning the following questions were asked: First, how many sailing vessels are available? Second, how much wheat can they carry? Third, are all of the vessels American? Fourth, would it be possible within any reasonable time to equip these vessels with motors?
Admiralty not disposed to give final answer until further consultation with Shipping Board and War Trade Council, but as a preliminary reply they state they consider it extremely unwise to attempt to get these vessels into any Scotch, Irish or English ports. Only ports considered moderately safe are French Atlantic ports. 23524
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is: “Subject Copy.”