Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent Oct 24, 1917.
To Opnav Washington. Serial No. 1041
Via N C B A 18 Prep by J.V.B. Appvd. by N.C.T.
Sent Initials File No.
Copies to: J.V.B.
1041. Proceeding Paris to meet Wilson and establish Cone (stop) Absence together with administrative demands on staff will delay usual general reports (stop) Marked increase in tonnage losses past week (stop) Too early to determine whether increase actually due to change in enemy policy (stop) Principal increase in losses is in Mediterranean English Channel and Yorkshire Coast (stop) Unusual number large submarines probably four in Channel probably due to heavy weather outside (stop) Losses in Channel principally outward bound through channel to rendezvous (stop) A number of losses in convoy particulars not received (stop) Losses Yorkshire coast due primarily to heavy weather restricting air craft patrols and transfer aircraft to France as result popular demand for reprisals against air raids over England (stop) This last very secret (stop) Administrative demands on staff growing daily (stop) Impossible to use Twining as planned for cooperation with Operations and planning division of Admiralty (stop) Request detail of Commander to relieve Twining of general charge office administration which cannot be neglected (stop) Suggest Sexton, Hepburn, Jessop, Morton or Trench. (stop) Full report necessities for other increases in staff will be forwarded next mail. 06424
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date code, just before Sims’ signature, is a stamp.