British Admiralty to Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington
21st July, 7
-: CONFIDENTIAL :-
With reference to Admiral De Chair’s correspondence with the Department of Commerce at Washington relative to a proposal to block the entrance to the North Sea to submarines by means of a net barrage, I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to request that the Department may be thanked for the trouble they have taken in working out this scheme, which has been carefully considered by the Admiralty.
2- The experience which the Admiralty has had leads them to the conclusion that there would be insuperable difficulties in providing the vast amount of material that would be required and in maintaining the obstruction in the exposed waters of the North Sea. The memorandum and drawing of anti-submarine nets, which have been communicated to the United States Authorities deal fully with the practical limitations of this class of work. These difficulties are referred to in the telegram which was sent to Admiral De Chair on the 14th May, and a copy of it was communicated to Admiral Sims.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/1436.