Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France
Chronological Copy. File No.
Cablegram Sent August 27, 1918 JCM
To Comfran, Brest Serial No. 5480
Prep. by C-1 NCT
S E C R E T
5480 Your 5319. I consider that owing to importance of our controlling OV and HB convoys you should take control of these convoys if 8 escorting units are available. French Ministry has guaranteed at least two units and 3 to 4 yachts should be regularly available. Three destroyers additional would make a satisfactory escort. As only small number of storeships are now arriving in HN convoys suggest that if necessary HN convoys be met for present off Ushant where submarine activity has been small for past 4 months. Escorts would then be at sea less than 24 hours. Two French escorts promised for HN convoys might be placed on OV and HB convoys as you consider desirable. Escorts are being kept small so that escort can be concentrated on troops and OV and HB convoys. When more destroyers become available Department will sail storeships regularly in HN convoys. It is proposed to add enough destroyers to your Force so that an extra mercantile convoy can be sailed every 8 days breaking joints with the OV and meeting HN. No date can be set for this owing to uncertain deliveries of new destroyers. 074727 5480
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.