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Commander André M. Proctor, Commander, Flotilla One, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Cablegram Received  August 15, 1917

To U. S. Naval Forces European Waters

From U. S. S. Panther.

Kakin – Portuguese authorities refuse permission to coal American war vessels except these permanently here period. Action based on decree Portuguese Government Number 3204 of June 23, 1917 period. understanding as to use of Ponta Del gada as a base not clear. Request matters be adjusted immediately through Lisbon, Portugal. 08015.

(Notsigned)

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference information: “Orgin U. S. S. Panther Serial No/Via sig cipher Date No. 08015/Copies to Chief of Staff; Comdr. [John V.] Babcock File No./Action referred to:/Comdr. [Byron A.] Long.”

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