Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 4th August
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 196
Via Q 21.
One hundred and ninetysix. Your Opnav 77. Supply ships should be attached only to convoys bound for East Coast of England (stop) Desirable from this end that preference be given to putting supply ships in convoys sailing from Hampton Roads (stop) Dates of mercantile convoy sailings for East Coast of England as follows:- From Hampton Roads August eleventh August nineteenth and every subsequent eight days. From New York August sixth, August twentysecond and every subsequent sixteen days. (stop) If supply ships are to be sent in any of these East Coast convoys would like notice to that effect three days before convoy is scheduled to sail so that a convenient route can be prescribed (stop) The number of supply ships in the convoy with speed and destination should be cabled as soon as <known> but not later than day of sailing.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B.