Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, First Message of the Day
Cablegram Sent Dec. 20, 1917. FRA
To Opnav, Washington Ser. No. 2270
Prep. by BAL
2270. Last 4 convoys have been very late jeopardizing chances of following convoy being met as same group of destroyers is used for all troop convoys. Recommend sailing orders be modified to provide for convoy arriving at rendezvous 40 to 60 hours in advance of date set convoy then to reverse course for a sufficient time to ensure being at rendezvous punctually. This procedure is used by all other convoys and I foresee danger if convoys are not operated so as to arrive at rendezvous on schedule. If due to casualties or some unforeseen emergency a group is late wireless touch should be made with Valentia or destroyer escort as early as practicable announcing number of hours group is late. 05020.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.