Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received 14 November 1917
Origin Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 1123
Via N C B D 17 Date No. 14014
Copies to COS, JVB. File No.
Action referred to
1123. State Department has received following dispatch from American Charge d’Affaires at Madrid dated November 7th. quote: Two passengers dressed civilian costumes were landed with baggage at Conta on November 4th from American destroyer number five. Destroyer went to sea half hour later without awaiting sanitation visit and without visit to the authorities or any of its officers. This act is contrary to established international rules and practice and the attention of the Embassy of the United States is called to it by the Minister of State. Unquote. State Department requests suggestions nature of reply. Investigate and report. 14014.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 660.