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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Staff Representative in Paris

CABLEGRAM SENT      Feb. 16, 1918 MJK1

To   Amnavpar Paris.                     Serial No. 1322

CS                                               25ADR


1322. For Jackson. In connection with proposal to establish additional convoy from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Bay of Biscay sailing every sixteen days. Department states impracticable furnish escorting cruisers unless we can take over four French cruisers mentioned at Allied Naval Council as being out of commission for lack of personnel. Department desires as a preliminary to consideration of this possibility to know state of material readiness of cruisers, fitness for convoy service, and state of batteries and ammunition supply. Consult with Ministry and make full report at early date2 19516


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-2-58” and in columnar fashion: “1/3/J/6.”

Footnote 1: Initials of transcriber/decoder.

Footnote 2: Jackson replied on 19 February. See: Jackson to Sims, 19 February 1918.

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