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First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe to Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington


Sent:- July 4th.1917.     To: Naval Attache. Washington.

Through:  Admiralty.

183.  Personal from First Sea Lord.

          Your 1761 consider DES MOINES class2 sufficiently fast for convoy of vessels of less speed than 12 knots. 110 foot chase<r>s would certainly be of use.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: See, Gaunt to Jellicoe, 3 July 1917, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/656.

Footnote 2: Des Moines was a protected cruiser built in 1902. It was actually one of six Denver-class cruisers. With a speed of sixteen knots and limited armor and armaments, the Denver-class cruisers were considered inadequate for combat with other cruisers. Norman Friedman, U.S. Cruisers: An Illustrated Design History (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1984), 48-49, 463-64.

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