Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Captain William B. Fletcher, Commander, Special Patrol Squadron
Washington June 1, 1917
To: Captain W. B. Fletcher, U.S.Navy.
Subject: Patrol duty off French coast.
1. The following vessels now fitting out for distant service will constitute a United States Naval Force to be designated “U.S. Patrol Squadrons Operating in European Waters”.
APHRODITE CHRISTABEL CORSAIR
HARVARD KANAWHA II NOMA
Other vessels will be added when available.
2. Organize this force and proceed to the Coast of France.
3. (a) When in all respects ready for sea proceed to Brest, France, by way of Azores Islands, calling at Bermuda if you desire. Direct CORSAIR and APHRODITE to report to Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves, U.S.Navy, for temporary convoy service.
4. The British Admiralty has 3600 tons of Cardiff coal at St. Michaels, Azores, available for your use. Memorandum of dispatch from British Admiralty giving facilities for coaling at St. Michaels is enclosed. 6000 tons of coal will arrive in W.S. collier ORION at Ponta Delgada by 15 June.
5. When within radio communication of French Forces off Coast of France, call “G C K” and report to French Vice Admiral at Brest using British General Code. On arrival at Brest report to Vice-Admiral W. S. Sims through U.S. Naval Attache at Paris. Make no reports direct to Department after arrival.
Source Note: TDS, RG45, Entry 517. There is a note below Daniels’ signature that copies of this memorandum were sent to VAdm. William S. Sims, RAdm. Albert Gleaves, and VAdm. Henry T. Mayo, “C-inC Atlantic Fleet”. Below this routing list is a note: “Received:/June 3rd, 1917/W. B. Fletcher.”