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Captain Nathan C. Twining to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Patrol Forces based in France

01.                 December 6, 1917.

From:     Force Commander.1

To:       Commander, Patrol Squadron operating on French Coast.

Subject:  U.S.Naval Vessels engaged in Coal Trade for U.S.Army.

          The U.S.Naval vessels engaged in the coal trade for U.S.Army are placed for purposes of administration and discipline under your command.

          At the present time there are engaged in this service the HOUSTON, CAMDEN, BATH and NERO. The CAMDEN is shortly to be withdrawn and to be replaced by the BEAUFORT.

          A copy of this letter has been furnished to the vessels concerned, and the Commanding Officers of these vessels have been ordered to report to you by letter.

N. C. TWINING      

Captain, U.S.Navy. 

Chief of Staff.    

Signed for Vice-Admiral Sims

in his absence.    

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Addressed below close: “Copy to:-/Commanding Officer, HOUSTON/CAMDEN/BATH/NERO.”

Footnote 1: VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

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