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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval forces operating in European Waters, to Office of Chief of Naval Operations

CABLEGRAM SENT Sept. 13, 1917

To: Opnav Washington               Ser. No. 551

B.A.L.    N.C.T.

Copies to C of S J.V.B., B.A.L1

785 Ref your 355.2 An effort is being made to establish a regular outbound allied convoy for all vessels leaving Bay of Biscay ports of France and our vessels will be placed in this convoy insuring much greater protection and a larger number of escorting vessels period. Every effort is being made to provide adequate protection to our vessels so as to avoid loss period. 11314.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference number: “11-4-4.”

Footnote 1: Sims' Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining, Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ aide and de facto Intelligence Officer, and Lt. Cmdr. Byron A. Long, the head of Sims' Convoys Section.

Footnote 2: This document has not been found.

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