Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
October 24, 1918 Y-8
Opnav, Washington, 7888
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7888. Your 3300. Turnarounds during winter will depend somewhat on weather, particularly in case of ships be<r>thed in outer harbour and also on combination in which they arrive with corresponding demand on coal,supply. It is estimated following time in days will normally be required for turnarounds of various types:- AGAME<N>ON 2 to 3, USS AMERICA and U.S.S. GEORGE WASHINGTON 4, TT GREAT NORTHERN 2, U.S.S. PRESIDENT GRANT 5, TT CALAMARES 2, SS MONGOLIA, MAUI,RIJNDAM 4, CZAR 6 with bunker door cut 2, U.S.S. LEVIATHAN 3 to 6, SIBONEY 2, Italian ships 4 to 5, HA<RR>ISBURG 10, CARONIA 10, Franch [i.e., French] ships 14, and other United States ship<s> 3.
The foregoing estimates do not include possible delay waiting for availability of escorts. D<e>lays are to be expected not only due to exposed anchorage but to limited facilities available for coaling.
It will be noted average time for slow ships in port is from 3 to 4 days. An 8-day schedule will allow 3-1/2 days if convoys are on time.
For fast vessels average time is about three days and a 6-day schedule will give these vessels three days in port if convoys are on time. 152024. 7888
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.