Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT
Date August 10th 1918
Prepared by AC No. 2677
Your Simben 7 our Simben 17. British have definite ocular evidence that some enemy submarines are using Norwegian Territorial Waters. British Government is negotiating with Norwegian Government in effort to cause Norway to mine or otherwise close these waters to passage of submarines: Recommend that our diplomatic representatives here and in Norway be instructed to support British efforts. If use of these territorial waters is not stopped efficacy of Northern Barrage will be greatly reduced as an anti-submarine and anti-raider measure.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 529, box 342-44. Document identifier in top right-hand corner in columnar fashion: “A/J/H/2.”