Deputy Secretary of the British Admiralty Charles Walker to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
S E C R E T.
17th October, 1918.
The Force Commander,
UNITED STATES NAVY.
I am to transmit herewith for your information a copy of a letter which has been received from the Commander-in-Chief, Devenport, on the subject of protection of Shipping and Submarine hunting in the Plymouth Command.
2. The result of the Conference was that the Convoy system was introduced on the 15th October, and extra trawlers provided for thatpurpose. There will be eleven trawlers protecting each Convoy, 6 on escort and 5 on the patrol lines; besides 4 divisions of the Southern Patrol Force disposed along the North Cornish Coast. The Convoys will be escorted to and from a position east of Lundy Island and Penzance.
3. I am to request, if no objection is seen, that you will authorise the employment of the U.S.A. submarine chasers as additional escorts as it is considered that their employment in this manner would be the surest way of getting in contact with enemy submarines.
(Sgd) CHARLES WALKER.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document identifier: “1/3.”