Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
December 24 1917
Vice Admiral Sims
OPNAV 1782 (Box) Yachts tugs and submarine chasers are on route Azores as follows USS GALATEA, USS CONCORD, two submarines chasers arrived Bermuda twenty December. USS NOKOMIS, USS NAHANT USS PENOBSCOT three submarine chasers arrived Bermuda twenty three December. USS VENETIA,USS BARNEGAT USS GYPSUM QUEEN, five submarine chasers sailed DELWARE BREAKWATER twenty two December paragraph USS GENNESSEE USS L-Three L-Four and E-One will sail from Bermuda for Azores twenty eight December paragraph. USS NAHANT and USS PENOSCOT have been designated for duty Gibraltar period You are authorized send any three of following tugs French coast for duty others to return United States for escorting submarine chasers colon tugs CONESTOGA GENNESSEE CONCORD GYPSUM QUEEN BARNEGAT 16024.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.