Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotillas, to U.S. Destroyer Flotillas Operating in European Waters
UNITED STATES NAVAL FORCES JHN T.
OPERATING IN EUROPEAN WATERS.
U.S.S. MELVILLE, FLAGSHIP.
9 April 1918.
From: Force Commander.
To: U. S. Destroyer Flotillas Operating in European Waters.
Subject: Depth charge precautions.
1. Destroyers which have depth charge throwers installed in such positions that the depth charge is close to or projects over the side, will remove charge before entering port and will not reload the throwers until after leaving port.
J. R. POINSETT PRINGLE,
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifier in top left-hand corner: “1659-36.” Pringle commanded the destroyer detachment at Queenstown (Cobh) Ireland, which was “BASE SIX.”