Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram sent August 31, 1918.
Opnav Washington 3845
O-1 SX 45 ARD
3845 Your 557. I assume that no change is to take place in HB convoys except that they will be organized and handled by Navy Department and will be sailed on regular schedule every 8 days as at present. Since the beginning of HB convoys I have furnished all approach routes for these convoys using established Admiralty machinery and secret charts for transmitting these routes to New York and Brest. I assume this system will continue but that Department will prescribe the ocean route. I recommend that Commodore Wells be furnished full information regarding ocean route of this convoy so as to avoid collisions at seawith other convoys, and that he be requested to make usual reports of these convoys. It is wholly essential that all routing be closely coordinated so as to avoid confusion. All routes in European Waters, including routes of U.S. Troop convoys are interchanged to all naval centers concerned in U K. and France. so that convoys can be routed clear of one another and the maximum of assistance can be rendered at any time when casualties occur irrespective of which of the Allies is escorting the convoy. As the Admiralty is the centre in Europe to which all Allies look for reports of ship movements it is important that usual reports made by Commodore Wells of H.B. convoys be continued. 093131, 3845
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document identifier: “1/3/C/I.”