Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, United States Patrol Squadron Based at Gibraltar, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
C O P Y.
U.S.NAVAL FORCES OPERATING IN EUROPEAN WATERS,
Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar,
U.S.S. DECATUR, Flagship.
9 March 1918.
FROM: Commander Patrol Squadrons Based on Gibraltar,
TO: Force Commander.
SUBJECT: Orders to U.S.S. BAINBRIDGE in violation of International Law.
Reference: (a) My letter 485 of 7 March, 1918.
1. The following is a copy of a telegram just received, which seems to close this case:
“INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM BRITISH ADMIRALTY THAT UNTIL FURTHER ORDERS ARE GIVEN U.S. VESSELS SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED IN REMOVING ENEMY OR OTHER PERSONS FROM NEUTRAL VESSELS”.
2. The above was transmitted to me by Rear Admiral H.S.Grant, R.N., Senior Naval Officer at Gibraltar.
(Signed) A.P. Niblack.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Notation: “Reference 485/327” appears to the left on the same line as the date. Document identifier “WHW-19” appears in the top right of the document.