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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Commander Hugo W. Osterhaus Jr., Senior Naval Officer, Azores

Cablegram sent Sept. 8, 1917.

To:  Senafloat, Ponta del Gada

     From:          Commander Naval Forces European Waters

     To:       Senafloat, Ponta del Gada

     Three.    For Commander fourth squadron.  Unless you have other instructions from Department proceed Brest and report Fletcher.1 Obtain latest information from British Consul before sailing pass through rendezvous latitude forty eight north longitude eight degrees west and then direct for destination. Escort may join after passing rendezvous. zigzag at high speed while in zone and arrive on coast at daylight period Call letter of escort will be B F K Y Advise me of probable time of passing rendezvous 17408.

                                             SIMS.

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

Footnote 1: RAdm. William B. Fletcher, Commander, United States Patrol Squadrons Operating in European Waters.

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