Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss, Commander, Mine Force to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
COPY OF CABLEGRAM. <August 9, 1918.>
From Str<a>uss at Malta 9th 2350 12.8.18
To Admiralty. SIMSADUS London. 6.10 pm.
Your 1605. Conference finished today Friday recommend first Adriatic Barrage second Euboea Cape Kanapitza Barrage and disapprove Cape Bon Sicil<y> barrage. Location Adriatic Barrage not definitely decided pending acceptance by Italian Government of Otranto Sas<s>eno Island scheme. Failing to accept this conference propose barrage on Fano Island. France and Italy to finish net barrage now well along and U.S. submarine
deppening <deepening> it by mines where depth permits. Large deep nets for remainder. <Expect> Expept arrive London about Aug.17th after inspecting places suitable for base.
S.O. 1st Medtn Detached Squadron
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. Document identifier “1/6/Q/J” appears in the upper-right corner of the first page. Addressed below close: “U.S. Naval Headquarters/Grosvenor Gardens.”