Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Rear Admiral Albert T. Gleaves, Commander, Cruiser and Transport Force, and Rear Admiral Marbury Johnston, Commander, Squadron Two, Cruiser Force

OPERATIONS

February 18, 1918.      

COMMANDER CRUISER FORCE

COMMANDER SQUADRON TWO CRUISER FORCE

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All routing of convoys in western Atlantic is directly under Commander in Chief Halifax.1 Commander Wells2 at New York is familiar with all details period Inspection of charts indicates routing officers Halifax and New York are following secret chart routes but routing officer Hampton Roads3 is not following prescribed route period Have invited attention of Admiralty to apparent discrepancy Signed Sims4 COMMANDER CRUISER FORCE COMMANDER SQUADRON TWO CRUISER FORCE. 10018.

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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document identifying numbers: “OP-19-H:; “OCC 3249.”

Footnote 1: RAdm. Charles E. Kingsmill, R.N., commanded at Halifax.

Footnote 2: Commo. William B. Wells, R.N.

Footnote 3: Capt. Lionel de Vere Wells, R.N.

Footnote 4: VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

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