Commander Bernard A. de Blanpré, French Naval Attaché in Washington, to French General Staff
TRANSLATION OF ATTACHED LETTER FROM PARIS.
CONFIDENTIAL. 6th May 1917.
Copy of a telegram (in cipher) from the Naval
May 6th, 1917.
No.242. 1. Despatched May fifth from Boston for European waters the destroyers Ericsson, Winslow, Rowan, Cassin, Jacob Jones, Tucker; Flotilla commander is Commander Coutenay.
2. One hundred guns sent via colliers JUPITER and NEPTUNE will be 57 millimetres in calibre.
3. Referring to telegram of Vice Admiral Chocheprat; via the same collier there will sail enlisted men intended to be trained in our aviation schools.
4. Two American Officers will be sent for the bases at Brest and the entrance to the Garonde [i.e. Gironde]. A rear Admiral will probably be designated to perform at Paris the same duties as Rear-Admiral S. at London.
5. A very energetic campaign, evidently initiated by the Navy Department, has been commenced in the Press here in favor of more energetic measures against submarines. The following measures are recommended: either a complete barrier in the North Sea|5| or an attack against the enemy bases.
6. A spirited opposition has arisen to the project of constructing wooden vessels for carrying cargo because of the lack of sufficiently seasoned wood. Construction of these vessels from steel is coming back into favor.
Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 678.