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

          Mar<ch 30, 1918.>

          CABLEGRAM RECEIVED      08531     1918      IT

Origin    Opnav, Washington.           Serial No. 4434

          O-1  31 Mar

          21 Adr.


4434. Following received by British Commander-in-Chief these waters1 from Admiralty QUOTE if United States can provide both ocean and danger <zone> escort[,] regular convoy at 16 day intervals are recommended running direct from Hampton Roads Va. to French Atlantic ports. They would alternate with the present east coast convoy from Hampton Roads VA. and would thus increase the opportunity for United States store ships and French ships and would also relieve the congestion at Hampton Roads Va. UNQUOTE Your comment and recommendation approval requested. 16030 4434.


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

Footnote 1: VAdm. Sir William Lowther Grant, Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station.

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