Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
<January 31, 1918>
From: Sims, London
To: Opnav Washington
3505 USS GARGOYLE delivered six hundred tons less on this trip than on last trip. Inquiries show that vessel was bunkered in United States for round trip. As there is ample coal in all British ports it is recommended that vessels bound for the United Kingdom should bunker oneway only 17531
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date, which was added later, was taken from the time stamp before the signature.