Bureau of Ordnance to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <27-2-3>
Cablegram Received <September 21, 1918.> Y-11
Origin Opnav Washington (Buord) Ser.No. 1944
M-4 Sept 22
1944. Your 4880 and 5126. 1000 depth charges now available for shipment. Have equipment on hand at Iona Island, N.Y. for 3000 more and these will all be loaded and ready for shipment by October 1. Chief of Naval Operations and Bureau of S[upplies]&A[ccounts] cannot provide any transportation now but promise transportation for 1000 each to Bases 6, 9, 25 and 27 by October 1. Shipment to Base 6 and 27 will be via SS CANTON and to Bases 9 and 25 via SS FALLSCITY. Shipment to Base 7 will follow above shipments. Present production of depth charges slightly over 200 per day. If this production maintained can supply reserve stock at all bases as given in your 1343 by November 15. Hope to materially better this from additional sources of production but cannot definitely promise. 1000 British depth charges have been ready for shipment for several weeks and production is slightly over 100 per day. Bureau will do everything possible to obtain priority for shipments for depth charges as requested. 12521 1944.
Sent: 12 :40 a.m., September 22, 1918.
Recd: 2 :55 p.m., September 22, 1918.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the document.