Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander, Naval Forces, Southern Ireland, to Thomas J. Macnamara, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty
From: Commanding in – Chief, Coast of Ireland.
To: The Secretary of the Admiralty.
DATE: 25th January, 1918. No. / W. 71. A.
U. S. S. SANTEE - - Special Service Ship.
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As U. S. S. SANTEE, Special Service Ship, is expected to leave shortly for Devonport, I wish to draw Their Lordships attention to the altered conditions of submarine warfare and recommend the following:-
(1) That SANTEE shall be repaired and revert to her original status of cargo ship. Hersea [i.e. her sea] speed is about 9 knots.
(2) That her U.S.Officers and men be sent to a fast big ship, having a sea speed of 15 knots, capable of carrying six 6" guns and able to cruise after the new cruiser submarines in the Azores and West Indies. A blue funneller which has passengers cabins on deck would be very suitable, as the cabins would act as admirable screens for the guns.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William S. Sims Papers, Box 23. A filing notation in the upper-left corner reads: “Admiral Sims/Personal File.” and identification numbers “1/3/J” appear to the right in a ladder. A note at the end of the document indicates that Bayly also sent a copy to VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.