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

Action Copy.                                 File No.

Cablegram Received          CFB

Origin   Opnav Washington   <August 26, 1918.>      Ser. No. 480

Ref’d. to




Aug 27

WA        <Aug 26-1918>



<R/T1   Brest>



<R/T as our 5545 Brest C13>




      480. Department informed that on last voyage USS MUNINDIES2 discharged at Nantes thence proceeded to Quiberon Bay to await convoy. Following day was sent to Gironde River arriving just as convoy for United States was leaving. Vessel was not included in this convoy and waited for 10 days at Gironde River thence ordered back to Quiberon Bay to join west bound convoy there. Total time 15 days after completing loading before vessel left in west bound convoy. Investigate this delay and take steps to avoid its recurrence. 201226. 400.


                              6:53 AM Aug 27, 1918

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation just at the end of the message’s text.

Footnote 1: Retransmission sent to RAdm. Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France.

Footnote 2: MUNINDIES was a cargo ship assigned to the Naval Overseas Transport Service. DANFS.

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