Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C., to British Admiralty
COPY of TELEGRAM.
From Naval Attache Washington. Date 5/8/17
To Admiralty Recd. 8:30 A.M.
16. Navy Department are asking –
A. That all routing from American Ports be done by American Officers.
B. All routing from Allied Ports be done by Allied Officers
C. All routing of American vessels from neutral ports by American Consul in close touch with Allied Consuls.
D. British officers now routing vessels from United States Ports get in touch with local Naval Commandants and do the work jointly until such time as all arrangements regarding exchange of information regarding routes have been perfected.
E. In order that the work may be done efficiently to gain the advantage of our experience the Navy Department ask for details of our present procedure. 2000
Source Note: CCy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/655. There is a copy of this cable in DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. At the end is a list of those to whom it the copy was sent including: 1 S.L./Sir A. Wilson./D.C. (2)/Trade./D.I.D. (2).” The abbreviations stand for First Sea Lord [Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe]/Sir A. Wilson [a retired First Sea Lord]/Convoys Division/Trade Division/Director of Intelligence Division [Capt. William E. Hall].