Vice Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, Commander, Coast of Ireland, to United States Navy Department
To N.A. Washington Date 25.5.17 [25 May 1917]
Sent 1100 [11 A.M.]
40. Following from Admiral Queenstown for information of Navy Dept.
There is evidence that enemy was informed concerning recent movements of U.S Naval Forces. On day 1st. Division Destroyers was due Queenstown entrance was found mined for first time since 7th.March last. Torpedo was fired at 2nd.Division outside areas in which S/M’s were then assumed to be working and proved dangerous to two destroyers. Prior to U.S.MELVILLE arrival, Berehaven was mined for first time during war. One possibly 2 destroyers located ?off Kinsale to-day 24th.on approach of 3rd.Division.
Admiral Sims concurs and suggests that a copy of this telegram be sent to Washington.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/655. There is a columnar list (without punctuation) at the bottom of the cable copy giving who in the British Admiralty received this cable. That list includes: “1st. L; 1st S.L.; D.O.D; D.A.S.D; D.I.D.” That is First Lord of the Admiralty (Sir Edward H. Carson); First Sea Lord (Adm. Sir John R. Jellicoe); Director, Operations Division (RAdm. Thomas Jackson); Director, Anti-Submarine Division (RAdm. Alexander L. Duff); and Director, Intelligence Division (Capt. William R. Hall).”