Commander Edward T. Coustien, Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Madawanska, to Rear Admiral Albert T. Gleaves, Commander, Cruiser and Transport Force
1 April 1918.
SEC R E T.
From: Commanding Officer.
To: Commander Cruiser Force.
Subject: Report K.
Reference: Standing Order #2.
1. It is suggested that when transports arrive at their destination abroad, the Commanding Officer be immediately informed of the earliest date when escorts will be available, so as to enable the ship’s force to undertake examinations and repairs in the Engineering Department that may be considered desirable, and that can not be undertaken when ships are standing by day to day.
2. It is also recommended that, when a ship arrives at her destination abroad, she can count on five days to clean the boilers and do necessary overhauling, so as to enable her to make best speed in passing through war zone. This, is, in reality, a saving of time in the trip, as well as an additional precaution for the safety of the ship in the war zone.
/s/ E.T. COUSTIEN.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 414. Madawanska-formerly the SS König Wilhelm II-was a converted passenger ship that was assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force of the Atlantic fleet as a troop transport. During World War I, Madawanska made 10 transatlantic voyages, carrying nearly 12,000 soldiers to Europe (and returning another 17,000 to the United States at war’s end).