Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss, Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Base Eighteen, [Inverness, Scotland]
11 July 1918.
From: Commander Mine Force.
To : Force Commander
Subject: Mining Operations---Area “A”.
1. The following telegram was received today from the Commander-in-Chief, British Grand Fleet:
“MINES ARE NOT TO BE LAID IN AREA A NORTHERN BARRAGE TO WEST OF MERIDIAN OF GREENWICH FOR THE PRESENT. PLEASE MAKE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS IN DRAWING UP ORDERS FOR ENSUING MINELAYING OPERATIONS. 1029”.
2. In response to the above which from its wording is presumed to be based on an agreement between the Admiralty and the Force Commander, directions have been given which will limit the Western end of the mines laid on the next Excursion to Longitude Zero.
3. Five lines will be laid (abutting the three-line system of the first excursion) instead of three as previously contemplated. This is rendered necessary in order to utilize all the capacity of the minelayers, leaving to the future the completion of the three-line system in Area “A” laid on the first excursion.
4. It is urged that the completion to the Westward of as many systems as possible be authorized before the Winter weather intervenes, otherwise we will be unprotected during many months when mine-laying will be impossible.
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, Joseph Strauss Papers, Box 4. Identifier in top left-hand corner: “File No. 25-S.” and in top right-hand corner: “JS/Fah.”