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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. 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.1


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.2 15330


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Sims’ Chief of Staff; Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ aide and de facto Intelligence Officer; and Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey, another aide on Sims' staff.

Footnote 2: Possibly, Lt. William R Spear, working with the Anti-Submarine Squadron at New London, CT.

Footnote 3: Possibly, En. George W. Stone.

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