Admiral Sir Dudley R.S. De Chair to First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe
From Naval Attache Date 28.4.17
To Admiralty Recd. 11.20pm
URGENT. Following from Admiral De Chair. Secret for First Sea Lord.
Your telegram April 26th. I have pressed continuously very serious condition shipping position. United States authorities realise it now. Admiral Benson informs me twelve additional destroyers will leave shortly for South-west coast Ireland. I am encouraging establishment American flag command at Berehaven, thirty or forty destroyers and other craft, Sims in command. This is only way to keep destroyers from being dispersed. Sims should not be told this as matter is now before President and not settled. I have rubbed it in how fatal it would be to disperse United States destroyers amongst different nations but there is a strong party who are anxious to conciliate French. Navy Department are pressing forward all measures for supply of small craft.
It is probable four United States cruisers now in Pacific will be directed to proceed through Panama Canal for service off Coast of Brazil where KAISER WILHELM and PRINZ EITEL FRIEDERICH will join them when ready. This is also before President now.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/655. Below the text is “1 S.L.” indicating the cable was intended for the First Sea Lord.