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Captain Arthur de K. L. May, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, to Commodore Lionel de Vere Wells, Director, Routing and Convoying Operations from the United States

TELEGRAM                              OUT


TO  Commodore Wells,                              DATE 17.6.17.

              Norfolk Va.                                      SENT 1359.


Arrangements are being made to institute regular

convoy sailings every 4 days commencing July 2nd from Hampton Roads.

     Convoys will be alternately East and West bound the

2nd July being East.

          East bound to include vessels for East Coast and Channel Ports West bound West Coast and Irish Ports. Shipping owners have been instructed to load vessels in accordance with this programme.

          Requisitioned oilers and all vessels calling at Queenstown for orders are to sail with either convoy.

          Vessels of 8.5 knots and below 12 knots sea speed to be included.


Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/656. Below the close in columnar fashion is a distribution list for this copy: “1st S.L. [First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe]/A.C.N.S./D.O.D. [Director, Operations Division VAdm. Henry F. Oliver].” This copy is typed on a printed form. Wells was the Royal Navy officer responsible for organizing convoys in the Hampton Roads, VA, area.

Footnote 1: This indicates the cypher used to transmit the message.

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