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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, seventh cable of the day.


Communications Copy.

Cablegram Sent September 8th, 1918. SFM

To Opnav Washington                          Serial No. 4403.

Prep. by C-1        Ap’vd by BAL        D.R.

Rec’d   Coded       Cypher    53 ARD    Disp chd {Cable/Mess.


4403. PERSIC1 in HC-152 torpedoed all troops believed safe. No details available. Recommend no publicity be given until censorship released this side. 170508. 4405.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: PERSIC was a British transport steamer torpedoed by UB-87 40 miles NW of the Scilly Islands. All on board survived., Accessed on 21 September 1918,

Footnote 2: Convoy originating in Canada, usually Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, to England.

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