Admiral Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Ireland, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Navy Forces Operating in European Waters
12 . 12 . 17
My dear Admiral
So very glad you are coming for Christmas, I wonder if Capt. Twining would like to come: there won’t be much doing in London. I suppose Admiral Benson will have gone back then, we should be very glad to have him (& shall be rather disappointed if he does not visit this base).
My idea about Brest is that you ought to take 2/3 of the dockyard over man it with your mechanics, work it with your coal, your (& their) machines, and hoist
you’re the USA Adml’s. flag over your 2/3 and the Franch Adml’s flag over the other 1/3.
I am very sorry about the Manly; I was looking forward to a destroyer with all her guns on the centre line: I don’t like the sponson 4” at all, and were I on the fore bridge should like them less. Also she looks as if she would be a very heavy roller in a sea that suits her. She is evidently too lightly built; but the Board will tell you all that. Bagly behaved very well indeed. Pringle is 100%; whatever changes you make don’t take him away. Good luck.
yours very sincerely
The Niece sends her love & looks forward to your visit.