Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based in France
8 February 1918. ROC
To Comfran Brest. Serial No. 890
C O P Y
890 British Ministry of shipping are recommending that all large vesels carrying U.S. TROOPS like OLYMPIC, LEVIATHAN, AQUITANIA MAURETANIA and so forth use Brest instead of English Ports. Do you consider that Brest can handle these very large ships, having regard to their inability to lie safely at anchor owing to light anchor gear and the probable requirement of 8000 tons of coal for each ship. Immediate reply requested. 16508.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-11-4.”