Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington, to British Admiralty
TELEGRAM. No. 170
From N.A. Washington. Date 1.7.17
To Admiralty. Sent 8.30pm
Recd 8.36 am
170 From Commodore Gaunt: United States are urging that routing and control of all merchant shipping should come under one party. They seem rather inclined to want control. I have pointed out we already have an organization which works well to which they agree but ?say it is necessary to have the offices in the American Customs and have arranged for that with the sole exception of Portland. Please wire fully confidentially your views and wishes.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/656. A recipients list at the bottom identifies “1st S.L. [First Sea Lord Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe]/ Sir A Wilson/A.C.N.S. [Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Capt. Arthur de K. L. May]/D.O.D. [Director of Operations Division RAdm. George P. W. Hope]/Convoy [Convoys Division].”