Commander William R. Sayles, United States Naval Attaché at Paris, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received: 9th August 1917.
Origin Sayles, Paris
VIA: Sigcode Date No. 21008
Copies to Pay Inspector Tobey & Lt. Comdr. Babcock File No 31/2/1
Action referred to: Commander Long
This cable for Admiral Sims reference, S.S. CAMPANIA surrendered through lack of ammunition. The Captain of the ship, the Chief Gunner’s Mate Delaney and four enlisted men were made prisoners; their names are not yet known. Later on the submarine was attacked by a French patrol ship, but escaped. Recommend immediate increase of ammunition allowances on board merchant vessels also establishment of reserve magazines as soon as possible at Marseilles and Le Havre.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. In the upper left-hand corner is the notation “Subject Copy.”