Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral William B. Fletcher, Force Commander, Patrol Squadrons, French Waters
CABLEGRAM SENT Oct 1, 1917
To Fletcher, Brest. Ser No. B 36
Via NCBD 15 B.A.L. C. of S.
Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B., B.A.L.
36. Referring to Opnav 355 of Sept. 7th, copy of which was furnished you by Lt. Comdr. Daniels, the following reply was submitted Quote An effort is being made to establish a regular out-boun<d> allied <c>onvoy for all vessels leaving bay of B<i>scay ports of France and our vessels will be placed in this convoy insuring much greater protection and a larger number of escorting vessels period Every effort is being made to provide adequate protection to our vessels <so> as to avoid loss. Sims Qunquote No reply has been received from you to my cable 167. The following cable has just been received from Department quote Several reports received from American vessels engaged in troop convoy would indicate insufficient convoy force on leaving French ports. In veiw of increased number of naval vessels now operating in these waters Department hopes that this matter will receive immediate attention Unquote This cable refers evidently to sailing subsequent to thos<e> in Opnav 355. Please cable immediately your proposals to improve conditions period Also what distance you consider it advisable to escort convoys off shore and number of escorts that you propose to furnish for convoys.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.