Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent Oct 6, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 781
Via Prep by Roys Appvd by C. of S.
Copies to: Lt. Com.Roys.
781. Class B. Torpedoed and Sunk. September 21st D430 Lat. 46,36. Long. 11,34W. October 1st N638 Latitude 35,35 N. Long 8,15W. October 2nd N763 Latitude 35,27 N. Long 8,23W. M989 Latitude 35,40N. Long 7,38W. October 3rd H1169 Latitude 51,41N. Long 5,20W. T 274 Latitude 50,8N. Long 3,45W. M904 off Brest. C 1284 Latitude 54,11N. Long 0,10W. Submarines sighted 25th September Lat. 46,48N. Long 11,40W October 1st Latitude 43,32N. Long 8,31W. Latitude 43,36N. Long 8,24W. October 2nd Lat 51,51N. Longitude 6,44W. Latitude 51,49N. Long 7,31W October 3rd Latitude 54,12N. Long 0,9W. Latitude 50,39N. Long 0,16W. Latitude 49,48N. Long 5,57W. Latitude 50,32N. Long 2,12W. Latitude 46,50N. Longitude 11,34W. Latitude 47,20N. Long 7,20W. Latitude 45,28N. Longitude 7,8W.
Class B. except definite locations which are class A.
October second British Cruiser DRAKE torpedoed three miles north east of Rathlin Islands anchored in Church Bay well screened by destroyers later capsized stop Nineteen killed stop Senior Naval Orricer Gibraltar reports armed trawler James Deckar missing since disper<s>al of convoy September twenty-five about three hundred miles west southwest from Ushant stop British destroyer BRISK struck mine in Rathlin Sound fo’castle blown off stop thirty-one missing one officer nine men wounded BRISK arrived Loch Foyle stop
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is a date stamp “21006.” below the signature with an arrow indicating it should be inserted immediately after the end of the text and before the signature. In his report to the Secretary of the Navy of 1 October, Sims explained that the report that follows had not heretofore been made previously because “daily cable reports received can never be entirely depended upon” and had frequently proven to be incorrect “when complete evidence is received by letter.” However, Sims promised to “comply” with the Department’s wishes and reports such as these were submitted regularly starting 6 October 1917.