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Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, first cable of the day

Op-46                                   July 27, 1918.



     Your 1694 – 1702 – 1641 Our <9019>1 cancel schedule troop convoy sailings contained our <9019> period LEVIATHAN GREAT NORTHERN NORTHERN PACIFIC will sail as one group period Earliest date this group can sail is Aug 3rd and will sail that date unless you recommend another one period Following is present schedule semi-colon Group 53 July 31st 8 troop transports speed 13 comma Group 54 August 3rd 3 troop transports speed 20 comma Group 55 August 6th <9> troop transports speed 13 comma Group 56 August 10th 2 troop transports speed 16 period Status HN 78 not changed not more than 15 Bay port vessels will sail this convoy period Awaiting reply regarding HN 79 and 80 Acknowledge2


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

Footnote 2: HN-78 arrive at Brest from New York on 12 August 1918. Sims wrote that “proposed schedule can be met and will admit maximum 10 vessels in H N 79 and H N 80.” Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 27 July 1918, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.  According to records compiled by the forces commanded by RAdm. Henry T. Wilson, these convoys arrived in Brest on 20 and 28 August respectively and consisted of 6 and 9 ships. Wilson, American Navy in France: 53.

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