Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotilla
AD [London] June 3rd. 1918.
My dear Pringle,
You will probably know by this time that nearly everybody on board the PRESIDENT LINCOLN was saved. Three officers are missing and about twenty men, and one officer was taken prisoner by the submarine. This latter officer was not the Captain, who is Commander Foote.
We have no details yet beyond the fact that the four vessels were proceeding in convoy in line of Brest after the escort had left them in about longitude 12. The vessel was torpedoed in longitude 35. The submarine that did the business was the U-90, and she was operating a long distance from shore because she had such a considerable oil leak that it was not safe for her to operate further in shore.
Very sincerely yours,
Source Note: Cy, DLC-MSS, William S. Sims Papers, Box 79. Addressed below close: “Captain J.R.P.Pringle, U.S.N./U.S.S.MELVILLE/Queenstown.” Notation at top “Admiral Sims’ Personal File.” Identifier in top right-hand corner in columnar fashion: “1/3/J/D.”