Captain Richard H. Jackson, American Naval Staff Representative in Paris, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
UNITED STATES NAVY DEPARTMENT
32 Rue De la Paix
Paris, France. October 12th, 1917.
From: Captain R. H. Jackson, U.S.N.
TO: Force Commander.
Subject: Change of duty for American Trawlers.
1. Since the foundering of the REHOBOTH there has been a consultation between the French Rear Admiral and the French Navy Department and it has been decided that the nine trawlers brought over will be refitted for mine sweeping and dragging, as they would be unable to convoy vessels along the coast during the winter months. I thingk the guns are being taken off the deck houses as part of the modification.
2. The French will shift a detail of nine boats which were to have been used for mine sweeping and put them on the coastwise convoy.
/s/ R. H. Jackson.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 413. Notation in upper right-hand corner: “COMDR. U.S.NAVAL FORCES/FECR 15 Oct 1917/London/file/3/o.”