Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

GIBRALTAR FIRST CONVOY

CABLEGRAM RECEIVED  Nov. 25, 1917. 7.40 AM

Origin    Opnav, Washington                      Ser. No. 1296

Ref’d to       Date

     Q11      11/25/17

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Simsadus

1296 On or about December first it is departments plan if acceptable to Admiralty to start one convoy of about 20 ships destination Italian port for Gibraltar via Azores Islands. Speed of convoy about 200 miles per day. Escort one of U.S.S. DENVER class. Other convoy probably follow in future. 21024.

Admiral Benson.2  

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is an: “Action Copy.”

Footnote 1: That is, it was received via the British Admiralty.

Footnote 2: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations.