Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Oct. 30, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 1158
Via Sigcode Prep. by E.C.T. Appvd by N.C.T.
Copies to C. of S., J.V.B., E.C.T.
1158. Your 827. For Spear. No seaplanes available in England. Float planes for long distance scouting abandoned for Ports and American types. If these types are made in America consider necessary to have three 360 Rolls Royce or three 320 Sunbeam for Ports and two 310 Rolls or two 320 Sunbeam for American type. Personally believe three hundred horse Fiat will do for American type. Will send further information from France and Italy. Am writing fully today. Stone. 15330
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.