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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Subject Copy.                     MJK       File No. <11/2/20>

Cablegram Sent Dec. 10, 1917.

To        Opnav, Washington                 Serial No. 2016

Prep. by BAL                 COS1

10 ADR

2016.     At present oilers like MAUMEE, CUYAMA, and KANAWHA when routed for east coast cross through zone in New York convoy at a speed of about 9-1/2 knots but return in slow convoy speed not over 8 knots. It is believed better protection could be given these ships if they were routed for Kirkwell via Halifax fast convoy. They would cross zone at better speed and would have fast escort on the return trip. Oilers routed in Halifax fast convoy should carry no stores for Queenstown or Brest forces. 21510.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Cmdr. Byron A. Long, one of Sims’s aides; Sims’ Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

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