Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Opnav Washington Jan 21, 1918 MJK
01 NCT 27 ADR.
3152. Urgent. Your 2319. It is possible to coal ships in England but the time lost in proceeding from French Atlantic ports to English ports and waiting for escort and the additional danger from mines and submarines outweigh the disadvantages of bunkering in America for the round trip. If ships were required to go from French Atlantic ports to England for coal the result would be a loss of time much greater than the equivalent tonnage now lost by bunkering in America, entirely aside f rom the additional danger to which the ship is exposed. The policy recommended in my cable was very carefully considered from all angles. Nothing has arisen to warrant recommending any change in that policy which was adopted only after thorough discussion with Admiralty. 19021
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifying number in columnar fashion at top of page: “1/3/C/J.”