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Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Patrol Sqaudrons Operating in European Waters

<Cablegram. March 25, 1918.>

NAVAL FORCES IN FRANCE

COMMUNICATION OFFICE

DATE

DUTY

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

FORWARDED

AVIATION

ACTION

3-27

FME

SIMSADUS

COMFRAN

OPERATIONS

 

5091      For COMFRAN. From OPNAV. Referring paragraph five

Operations letter of 23 January regarding transatlantic lanes,1 it is recommended that unless local conditions render inadvisable westbound vessels from Brest proceeding via route A first proceed to point Latitude 49 degrees N. Longitude ten W. in order to keep well to the Northward of regular line for Eastbound vessels throughout the entire voyage stop Westbound vessels from Brest proceeding via route B first proceed to point Latitude 47 degrees thirty minutes N. Long. Ten degrees W as now required and thus keep to Southward of regular lanes for Eastbound vessels.2 25025  SIMS

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

Footnote 1: This cable has not been found.

Footnote 2: This policy was prompted by several near-collisions that had occurred in recent weeks. See: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to William S. Sims, 23 March 1918.

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