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Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, R.N., Commander-in-Chief, Southern Ireland, to the British Admiralty

SECRET         COPY OF        No. 840

TELEGRAM

From:     Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown.    <June 23, 1918>

To:       Admiralty.

     If two “P” class fitted Special Service Ships can be spared they can be most usefully employed on the South Coast of Ireland (stop) Propose if available to man one with British crew from H.M.S. PENSHURST and second with United States crew from U.S. ship SANTEE (stop) Vice Admiral Sims1 Concurs (stop)Penshurst crew have done most admirable work and will probably be very valuable (stop) SANTEE’S behaved very well and should be encouraged.

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From:     Admiralty.

To:       Commander-in-Chief, Queenstown.

No. 318. Your 840. It is much regretted that two “P.Q.” vessels cannot be spared for this service now and new construction will not help for another two months at least.

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No. W.50.N.

MELVILLE2

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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 415. Document reference: “1/3/J.”

Footnote 1: VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

Footnote 2: Sims’ flagship.

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