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

OP-46                                       July 23, 1918.



     Report present status water supply French ports period At present cargo vessels carrying water for round trip comma if water obtainable France deadweight cargo capacity can be increased1


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

Footnote 1: The reply has not been found but the Americans had built a reservoir at Brest, France, that relieved water shortages in the major entry port of American troops and supplies so presumably the cargo ships did reduce the amount of water they carried.