Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to the Staff of Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Op-44                         SECRET              26 August 1918

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          Sailing group 591 delayed one day account accident AGAMEMNON2 period 59 sails 26 August comma Group 60 scheduled August 30th period Desired that 60 adhere this date if you can meet them3

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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten note below close: “Note: August 24, 1918 - Trial steam line ruptured in coal bunker which caused delay in sailing. Not sufficiently important to ‘caption’”. Handwritten initials “GM” appear below note.

Footnote 1: The sailing groups referred to throughout the cable are troopship convoys.

Footnote 2: AGAMEMNON was a steel-hulled, twin-screw express passenger steamship used primarily for troop transport. DANFS.

Footnote 3: Sailing Group 59 arrived in Brest on 3 September 1918. Sailing Group 60 arrived in Brest on 7 September 1918. Wilson, American Navy in France: 53.

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