Official: Admiralty: Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 13/42

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Date: 01 Nov 1914 - 01 Dec 1914

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CHAR 13/42/1 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the progress of anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/2 Telegram from Admiralty to Commodore Herbert Haddock, (Belfast [Northern Ireland]), with orders for ships from the 10th Coastal Squadron to proceed to join the Grand Fleet without being delayed by waiting for bow mine catchers to be fitted. [Carbon]. 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/3 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on banning British and neutral trawlers from fishing in the North Sea. [Carbon]. 01 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/42/4 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], and Rear-Admiral, Dover, on reports that German submarines were following the Flushing steamer: destroyers are warned to look out for the steamers, and to attack the submarines. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 02 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/5 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], and others, reporting that 18 German submarines had left Kiel [Germany], heading for the North Sea and the Belgian coast, and that a further 18 smaller submarines had reportedly left by train. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 02 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/6 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and Vice-Admiral, 3rd Battle Squadron, [Edward Bradford], with orders to send ships from the 3rd Battle Squadron to join the flag of Sir Cecil Burney [Vice-Admiral Commanding Channel Fleet] at Portland [Dorset], and to proceed as fast as possible to west of the Hebrides [Scotland] and Ireland, 40 miles from land. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 02 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/7 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Lion [Vice-Admiral David Beatty, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], reporting that two German "Roon" class battleships, and two four-funnel cruisers had been sighted in the North Sea, heading north. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/8 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Lion [Vice-Admiral David Beatty, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], giving authority to proceed to north of Heligoland [Germany] with all despatch, to intercept an enemy squadron on its return to base. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/9 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Lion [Vice-Admiral David Beatty, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], reporting that four German cruisers and at least one battle cruiser had been sighted off Gorleston [Norfolk], steering south. Initialled by [?] Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/10 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], with orders to remain at sea and discover the position of a German squadron, and attack it with destroyers. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/11 Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt] to Admiralty reporting that he had concentrated a force consisting of HMS Arethusa, HMS Undaunted and HMS Aurora with 13 destroyers, and was sweeping towards Terschelling Bay [off the Netherlands]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/12 Telegram from the Naval Base, Lowestoft [Suffolk] to Admiralty, reporting on the condition of HMS Halcyon [Commander Ballard], a mine-sweeping gunboat, which had engaged 8 German ships off Yarmouth [Norfolk], one of which was laying mines; also reporting the loss of a vessel [? submarine] which had struck a mine, and warnings sent out about the new minefield. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/13 Telegram from HMS Halcyon, [a mine-sweeping gunboat, off Yarmouth, Norfolk] to All Ships, reporting that the ship was being engaged by superior force and required reinforcements. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/14 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], ordering the officers and men of HMS Audacious [sunk by a mine] to be retained for the present. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/15 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], approving Jellicoe's plan for squadrons to enter or leave a base at night, or at dusk or dawn, as the only safeguard against submarine attacks. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/16 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], passing on a report from the Intelligence Officer at St John's, Newfoundland [Canada], that the British Consul-General in New York [United States] had been informed confidentially by Herman Rusder, that a German Cruiser Squadron intended to strike somewhere in the North Atlantic within a few days. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/17 Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, Lough Swilly [County Donegal, Northern Ireland] with orders for the Grand Fleet to proceed to Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] with all despatch to meet the 3rd Battle Squadron. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/18 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on supporting a forward push by Belgian troops. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/19 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the captain of the SS Olympic (Belfast [Northern Ireland]), expressing confidence that his passengers and crew would discourage all mischievous reports that HMS Audacious had been lost [after the Olympic had rescued the crew of the Audacious following its sinking by a mine.]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/20 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], the Senior Officers of Cruiser Force A, 3rd Battle Squadron and the Channel Fleet, and HMS Queen, HMS Irresistible and HMS Venerable, on the withdrawal north of a German squadron [? following its raid off Gorleston, Norfolk], ordering the ships back to their previous positions. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/21 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Lion [Vice-Admiral David Beatty], reporting that Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee was hoisting his flag in HMS Invincible and the ship was to proceed to Devonport [Devon] instead of Berehaven [County Cork, Ireland] to meet him. Initialled by Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/22 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, asking when he could expect 12 additional destroyers as previously agreed, as his 2nd and 4th Destroyer Flotillas needed to refit. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/23 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], ordering HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible to coal, and to proceed to Berehaven [County Cork, Ireland] with all despatch, as they were urgently needed for foreign service; also informing Jellicoe that HMS Tiger was on her way to join him. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff], Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/24 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], agreeing with his telegram [on ordering squadrons to leave base at night, dusk or dawn, to avoid submarine attack, see CHAR 13/42/15] but stating that they had been forced to act [in a recent case] as it had been a grave emergency. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/25 Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, on his naval operations to support the Army in Belgium, including problems with French mines, and his need for HMS Revenge to help knock out the German guns on the coast. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/26 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to Admiralty, on the problem of permission being granted to English fishermen to fish beyond the meridian of Dungeness [Kent], if the French did not have similar rights, and also on the risk of German boats using the fishermen as cover. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/27 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that the Norwegian Government had been informed that the Minch [channel between Scotland and the Hebrides] and Portland Firth had been closed, and giving alternative routes for Norwegian shipping coming to Britain. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/28 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that HMS Minotaur, HMS Warrior, HMS Duke of Edinburgh and HMS Black Prince would be joining him as soon as possible. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/29 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's 5th Cruiser Squadron had been destroyed by the [German cruisers] Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off Coronel [Chile]. WSC orders HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible to be sent to the South Atlantic under Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee, as Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and Pacific, with Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver appointed Chief of Staff in Sturdee's place, and Captain Charles Bartolome appointed as Naval Secretary. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/30 Telegram from Admiralty to Sir Cecil Burney, Vice-Admiral Commanding Channel Fleet, asking him to send a list of ships to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson, to be allocated to five proposed groups. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/31 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Invincible, with orders for the ship to be docked on her arrival at Devonport, for her bottom to be coated and gun sights tested, [before the departure of Invincible and HMS Inflexible for the South Atlantic]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/32 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Invincible, and HMS Inflexible, with orders for both ships to fill up to the utmost capacity with stores and supplies of all descriptions, together with a month's provisions for a county class cruiser each, [before their departure for the South Atlantic]. Initialled by [? Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson]. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/33 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London) to the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux, [France]) asking if trawlers from Boulogne could be requisitioned to help in the destruction of German submarines. [Carbon]. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/34 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and others, reporting that German submarines were expected to operate off Mounts Bay, Lizard [Cornwall] and the southern entrances to the Irish Channel, and between Ostend [Belgium] and Boulogne [France]. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Carbon]. 06 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/35 Telegram from Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux, on using French trawlers in the English Channel in a patrol against submarines. [Carbon]. 06 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/36 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]) to Admiralty, on [a proposed attack on the airship sheds at Friederichshaven, Germany], stating that the plans had been submitted to General Joseph Joffre [Chief of French General Staff]. [Carbon]. 06 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/37 Telegram from Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]), asking them to arrange for four naval aircraft and vehicles to be transported from Le Havre to Dijon by rail, so that they could attack the German airship sheds at Friederichshaven [Germany]. [Carbon]. 06 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/38 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, on delays in completing anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], and asking for the 12 promised [? destroyers] to be sent at once. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/39 Telegram from Admiralty to the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck], ordering 12 destroyers to be sent to Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] to come under the orders of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe]; also for patrols to revert to the earlier system of keeping ships concentrated in divisions. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/40 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, (Dunkirk [France]), ordering him to place his gun vessels under the command of his best and most suitable officer, and to return to Dover [Kent] and resume his duties as Admiral Dover Patrol. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Carbon]. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/41 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to the French Naval Attache, London, reporting that General Joseph Joffre [Chief of French General Staff] had agreed to a plan [to attack German airship sheds at Friederichshaven, Germany], and had sent an officer to Le Havre [France] to see to all points of detail. [Carbon]. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/42 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, London, to the French Ministry of Marine, reporting Admiralty agreement to plans [for 400 Belgian soldiers to be transported from the Netherlands to Cherbourg, France]. [Carbon]. 08 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/43 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine, to the French Naval Attache, London, on plans for 400 Belgian soldiers to be transported from the Netherlands to Cherbourg [France]. [Carbon]. 08 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/44 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, giving permission for all British gunboats and other craft to be withdrawn from Dunkirk [France] back to Sheerness [Kent] at night, bringing back all stores. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/45-46 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, London, to the French Ministry of Marine, (Bordeaux [France]), on a Franco-British cruiser squadron suggested by the Admiralty to help oppose a German force coming from the Pacific, and on other Anglo-Japanese forces already in place. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/47 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]), to the French Naval Attache, London, on a Franco-British cruiser squadron suggested by the Admiralty for service against a German cruiser squadron coming from the Pacific: the French suggest that forces should be concentrated off the south coast of South America, rather than the African coast. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/48 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on trawler patrols, suggesting that he take up and organise as many trawlers as necessary from the Scottish fishing ports. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/49 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, on short refits for ships of the Grand Fleet, as the work was taking too long and weakening the fleet. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/50 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], on the need for more trawlers to patrol in Northern waters. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/51 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], giving approval for the men of HMS Audacious to be sent to depot in four batches, and to be given the strictest injunctions to preserve secrecy [about the loss of the ship]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/52 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, asking for information on reasons for releasing neutral ships taken into port. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/53 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on intelligence about German intentions to send cruisers into the Atlantic, considering it imperative to send a battle-cruiser, preferably HMS Princess Royal, to New York [United States] as existing forces were insufficient. Initialled by WSC, Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/54 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], giving permission to withdraw his flotilla patrolling the Broad Fourteens on account of the weather, but stating that the patrol should be maintained if the weather moderated sufficiently. Initialled by Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/55 Telegram from Admiralty to various recipients (Admirals, Vice-Admirals and Senior Naval Officers at various ports) on guarantees by Norway, Sweden and Denmark on the non-exportation of contraband goods, particularly rubber, petroleum and copper. Initialled by Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/56 Telegrams from Foreness [Kent] and the Admiral Dover Patrols [? Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] to Admiralty, reporting that HMS Niger had been struck by torpedo and was sinking. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/57 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], stating that HMS Princess Royal should have proceeded to the United States on an Admiralty order, as the matter was serious and urgent [strengthening forces in the Atlantic]. Initialled by WSC. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/58 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the despatch of HMS Princess Royal [to the United States], strongly urging that HMS New Zealand be sent instead. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/59 Telegram from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], defending the decision to send HMS Princess Royal [to the United States]. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/60 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], stating that he was certain that if the Germans were to send battle cruisers into the Atlantic they would send them all, not just one. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/61 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to the Admiralty, objecting to the decision to send HMS Princess Royal [to the United States], weakening the Battle Cruiser squadron to below the German strength: Jellicoe gives details on the state of the squadron, and suggests other ships that could be sent instead. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/62 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to the Admiralty, on coal and oil needed for HMS Princess Royal on her arrival off New York [United States] to reinforce HMS Suffolk. Includes reply from Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 11 Nov 1914 - 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/63 Telegram from the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on British ship movements to counter the squadron of the [German cruiser] Scharnhorst. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/64 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], objecting to the decision [to send HMS Princess Royal to the United States], proposing HMS New Zealand instead. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/65 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on [the decision to station a cruiser squadron at Rosyth (Fife, Scotland)], proposing the 3rd Cruiser Squadron, and as this was weak, suggesting replacing it with the 1st Cruiser Squadron when it rejoined the Fleet. Jellicoe also points out that moving the 3rd Cruiser Squadron would affect work against trade. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/66 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the concentration of the German High Seas Fleet, stating that it was essential that the Grand Fleet did likewise. Jellicoe asks for the 3rd Battle Squadron to rejoin him at once, before the Channel Fleet was blocked from entering the North Sea. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/67 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of stationing a cruiser squadron at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland] above the Forth Bridge, asking which of his squadrons would be most suitable. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff], WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/68 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], on his reasons for objecting to the decision to send HMS Princess Royal [to the United States]. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/69 Telegram from WSC to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the 12 destroyers allocated to the Grand Fleet. WSC states that these were intended as a temporary measure until the submarine defences at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] were completed, and that it would be quite impossible to spare them altogether from the mobile defence of the east coast. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/70 Telegram from Vice-Admiral, Channel Fleet [Sir Cecil Burney], to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that the Humber would be a better place than Wallet [off the Essex coast] for the Channel Fleet, and suggesting a protected anchorage point. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/71 Telegram from Admiralty to the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear- Admiral John de Robeck], with orders for ships to be prepared to block the port of Blyth [Northumberland]. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Carbon]. 12 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/72 Telegram from the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck] to Admiralty, on a warning of an imminent attack on the Humber. Includes reply from Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff], stating that an attack could be expected any time during the month, and that it was not advisable to delay boiler cleaning as destroyers must be kept efficient. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/73 Telegram from Admiralty to Vice-Admiral, Channel Fleet, [Sir Cecil Burney] with orders to keep [the 3rd Battle Squadron] under Vice-Admiral Edward Bradford, ready to sail at short notice. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/74 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, stating that he could not spare any battle cruisers for refitting until the return of HMS Princess Royal, following a query about when HMS Lion could be spared for docking. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/75 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the route to be taken by the Channel Fleet if required to join the Grand Fleet, and the delays in such a move. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/76 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the refit of his ships. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/77 Telegram from Admiralty to Vice-Admiral, 3rd Battle Squadron [Edward Bradford], with orders to proceed to Rosyth [Fife, Scotland]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/78 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the size of his forces, ordering him to stop sending ships for refit during the next month, and stating that if he felt the need for reinforcements the eight King Edward class ships of the 3rd Battle Squadron would be transferred to Rosyth [Fife, Scotland]. Initialled by WSC, Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/79 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the 10th Cruiser Squadron, reporting that the last gale had made it doubtful if the ships could be made seaworthy, giving details of possible refits and warning that without substitutes he could not control the contraband trade north of the Shetland Islands [Scotland]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/80 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Princess Royal, reporting that no enemy ships were likely to be met on her voyage to Halifax [Canada], and noting enemy forces, the [cruiser] Karlsruhe off Brazil, and possibly the Scharnhorst squadron coming through the Panama Canal. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/81 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that 25 merchant ships had been detained and sent into Kirkwall [Orkney Islands, Scotland] since 5 October. Jellicoe adds that the squadron carrying out the work of checking for contraband was urgently required for other duties, and asks if the present practice of boarding should continue. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/82 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on temporary anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/83 Telegram from HMS Princess Royal to Admiralty, asking for details of German strength in the North Atlantic, and the possibility of meeting an enemy on route to Halifax, [Canada]. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/84 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on legal difficulties in dealing with neutral ships carrying goods between neutral ports. Initialled by WSC and Richard Webb [Director of Trade Division, Admiralty War Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/85 Telegram from 1st Sea Lord, [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that a blockship was ready at Blyth Harbour [Northumberland], and that arrangements were in hand for Newcastle, Sunderland [County Durham] and Hartlepool. Fisher also approves the transfer of HMS Illustrious to the river Tyne. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/86 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], Vice-Admiral Channel Fleet [Sir Cecil Burney], Commander-in-Chief at the Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], Rear-Admiral Dover Patrol [Horace Hood] and Commodore "T" [Reginald Tyrwhitt], with orders for Formidable and Lord Nelson class battleships to proceed to Sheerness [Kent] as soon as possible, with a destroyer escort. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff] and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/87 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] and Board of Admiralty, on the defence of north eastern ports: suggesting that the battleship HMS Illustrious be sent to the river Tyne, old merchant ships used as blockships at Newcastle, Blyth [Northumberland], Sunderland [County Durham] and Hartlepool, and demolishing parties prepared on the jetty of the Tyne and other danger areas. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/88 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], Vice-Admiral Channel Fleet [Sir Cecil Burney], Commander-in-Chief at the Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], and Rear-Admiral Dover Patrol [Horace Hood], with orders for HMS Exmouth and HMS Duncan to proceed with a destroyer escort to Dover [Kent], where they would be joined by HMS Russel and HMS Albemarle. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/89 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that HMS Emperor of India and HMS Benbow would shortly be joining the Fleet; also noting in reply to a telegram from Jellicoe that Gibraltar was a safer anchorage than Berehaven [County Cork, Ireland]. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/90 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty on the refit of destroyers on the river Tyne, with reply from WSC approving his suggestions. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/91 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the defence of the east coast, submitting that a battle squadron based at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland] without cruiser or destroyer cover would run grave risk of submarine attack. Jellicoe suggests that the eight King Edward VII class battleships be transferred to Cromarty, where they would be covered by the cruisers from Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands], and the 4th Destroyer Flotilla already at Cromarty. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/92 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on HMS Emperor of India, and HMS Benbow, which were due to join the Grand Fleet, stating that it was impossible for newly commissioned ships to become efficient at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], because of the poor weather and lack of daylight. Jellicoe proposes to send the ships to Whiddy Harbour, Bantry Bay [County Cork, Ireland], as the safest harbour with several hours more daylight, until they were sufficiently trained. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/93 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Vice-Admiral, Channel Fleet [Sir Cecil Burney], on Burney's objections to using the Wallet [off the Essex coast] as a fleet anchorage. WSC states that the Wallet was well protected from submarine attack, and that it would take 3-4 months to build submarine defences for Burney's preferred alternative, the river Humber. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff] and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/94 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], Commodore "T" [Reginald Tyrwhitt], and the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck] ordering HMS Majestic with destroyer escort to the river Humber to be under the orders of the Admiral of Patrols. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/95 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], Senior Naval Officer at Harwich [Essex] and the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck], ordering HMS Sirius and HMS Brilliant to Harwich, to remain ready to proceed at short notice to engage enemy transports in the event of a landing operation. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/96 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], and the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck] with orders to send HMS Rinaldo to Hartlepool [County Durham] under the orders of the Admiral of Patrols, to protect against invasion. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/97 Telegram from Admiralty to the Rear-Admiral, Dover, on the necessity of having battleships at Dover [Kent], and the need to protect ships from torpedo fire through the western entrance to the harbour. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/98 Telegram from Rear-Admiral, Dover to Admiralty, stating that Dover [Kent] was unsuitable for battleships as the harbour was open to attack by submarines through the western entrance. [Carbon]. 14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/99 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], stating that he was sending his proposals for the defence of the North Sea ports to London by Sub-Lieutenant Deedes, formerly of HMS Audacious. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/100 Telegram from Admiralty to A.D.P. [? Admiral, Dover Patrols, Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], reporting that German submarines were using Zeebrugge [Belgium], and had been ordered to proceed in the direction of the English Channel, weather permitting. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/101 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, proposing not to send any battleships for refit until early in December. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/102 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting intelligence from a very trustworthy source in Denmark, on indications of a sortie by the German Fleet, or a part of it, with the object of enabling a fleet of fast cruisers to get into the Atlantic. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/103 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that the new battleships HMS Emperor of India and HMS Benbow had been directed to the south of Ireland for gunnery practice. [Carbon]. 16 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/104-105 Telegram from WSC and Lord Fisher, Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on east coast defence, including: the risks from so many destroyers being with Jellicoe, and the need to send more forces to Rosyth [Fife, Scotland]; the roles of the Fleet and Third Battle Squadron in case of meeting the German High Sea Fleet; gunnery practice for HMS Emperor of India and HMS Benbow; Jellicoe's proposals for laying mines [? off the Heligoland Bight, Germany]. Initialled by WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 16 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/106 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], with notification that HMS Warrior, HMS Duke of Edinburgh, HMS Black Prince and HMS Donegal would join his flag as soon as they could be spared from other duties, to form a squadron for Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald Moore. Initialled by WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/107 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], reporting that the tide in Hoy Sound [Orkney Islands, Scotland] was so strong that the submarine obstruction made with Fleet resources would not stay in place. Jellicoe adds that they required ten large buoys and moorings to secure nets as an improvised obstruction until that of the Cromarty type was ready. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/108 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on east coast defence, particularly the strength of the fleet, moving ships to Rosyth [Fife, Scotland], and Jellicoe's freedom to move his forces as required. Initialled by WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/109 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty on his shortage of cruisers for patrolling work. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/110-111 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty on numbers of destroyer flotillas, asking for half a flotilla to be kept with the Dreadnought battle fleet at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] and Cromarty as a protection against submarines. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/112 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the use of twenty-four armed liners on the Northern Patrol under Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair. Initialled by WSC, Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/113 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the introduction of more stringent orders restricting fishing by all craft in the vicinity of the north coast of Ireland, western Scotland and the English Channel. Initialled by WSC, Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/114 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, requesting a complete patrol for the Western Hebrides [Scotland], after a search of the area by two destroyers left no doubt as to the presence of German submarines. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/115 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, strongly urging that the prohibition of neutral fishing boats from east coast ports should be extended to the Scottish coast, the Hebrides, and the coast of Ireland, as enemy submarines were receiving supplies from neutral craft. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/116 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that German submarines were using Sinclair's Bay [Caithness, Scotland] for shelter, asking for a coast watch in the area. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/117 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], stating that the 3rd Battle Squadron and the 3rd Cruiser Squadron would remain under his command, subject to them being based at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland] and not being ordered away by Jellicoe without Admiralty consent, unless for operations against the German fleet. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/118 Telegram from the French Naval Attache (London), to the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]), passing on a request from the Admiralty for the French ship Montcalm to be sent to Suez [Egypt], to protect the Canal, as she was no longer needed in the Pacific. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/119 Telegram from the French Naval Attache (London), to the French Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]), on a new lighting and buoying scheme for defending the British coast from Norfolk to the Isle of Wight against submarines: he passes on a proposal from the Admiralty for similar measures to be taken on the northern coast of France. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/120 Telegram from Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver, Chief of Staff, Admiralty, to the Rear-Admiral for Dover, asking him to come to the Admiralty to discuss operational matters at the request of the First Lord. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/121 Telegram from WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], expressing dissatisfaction with Admiral Sir Stanley Colville's work on the submarine defences of Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], in contrast with the success of Admiral Sir Robert Lowry [Admiral Commanding in Scotland] at Rosyth [Fife]. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/122 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking if a further 2,000 rifles and 2,000,000 rounds of ammunition could be spared [for the army]. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/123 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on efforts to obtain trawlers for the Patrol Service, and the sighting of a suspicious trawler, reminding Jellicoe that he can arrest any vessel in a military area. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/124 Telegram from WSC to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], approving his action in authorising the Grand Fleet to send neutral fishing vessels found off western Scotland and the north coast of Ireland into port for examination. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/125 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, supporting the efforts of [Admiral Sir Stanley Colville] over the establishment of submarine defences [at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland]. Also includes copy of note from the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert] on the progress of the submarine defences. [Carbon]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/126 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting that he could only provide 1,500 rifles and 500,000 rounds of ammunition from the ships of the Grand Fleet. Jellicoe requests that they be replaced when needs were less pressing, and suggests that more could be taken from the battleships on the south coast. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/127 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the progress of anti- submarine defences at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/128 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting a concentration of heavy German ships in the Weser and the Elbe, and a dispersal of their submarines to hunt in the Shetlands and the English Channel. The Admiralty suggests that the time was right for an aerial attack on the Zeppelin sheds at Cuxhaven [Germany]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/129 Telegram from Admiralty to the Rear-Admiral, Dover, reporting that there were four French destroyers and a torpedo gunboat at Dunkirk [France], which would be placed under his orders. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/130 Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, Admiral, Dover Patrol, to the Rear-Admiral, Dover, giving notice of his crossing to Dunkirk [France] with various ships. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/131 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Revenge, with orders to prepare to leave for Dunkirk [France] that night to resume operations off the Belgian coast. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/132 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, reporting that the Admiralty were sending HMS Revenge and HMS Bustard to operate off the Belgian coast under Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, and requesting that four large destroyers and a gunboat be sent to Dunkirk [France] to work under Admiral Hood. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/133 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to the French Naval Attache, (London), on naval support for the Army in France and Belgium, including a request that ships should attack German gun batteries at the mouth of the Yser. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/134 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Russell, Dover [Kent], reporting that two pilots were being sent to them, including the Head Pilot of Ostende [Belgium], asking for them to be accommodated on board, but not to be given any information until after sailing. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/135 Telegram from Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], on a new plan of defence for the Straits of Dover which would make it harder for enemy submarines to gain entry. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/136 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of a sweep southward by the Grand Fleet with a combined seaplane operation, as this might bring on an action, with the German fleet being concentrated at Wilhelmshaven [Germany] and their cruisers and battle cruisers active. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/137 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty on progress with the anti- submarine defences of Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/138 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty on sightings of enemy submarines in the Shetland Islands [Scotland], and Grand Fleet operations, particularly Jellicoe's reluctance to base fleet movements on seaplane operations, and the best time and place for such a movement. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/139 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the desirability of adding a torpedo boat destroyer's entanglement to the submarine obstruction at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], requesting 2,000 fathoms of 4-inch or 5-inch grass hawser as an experiment. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/140 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the disposition of the First and Third destroyer flotillas. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/141 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the internment of the German minelayer Berlin in Norway, and the possibility that the British fleet was to have been decoyed into a minefield laid by the Berlin. Initialled by WSC and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/142 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, asking for information about the position of the 1st and 3rd Destroyer Flotillas. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/143 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on plans for the seaplane attack on German Zeppelin sheds. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/144 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt, Commander of Destroyer Flotillas, First Fleet], on providing support for a seaplane attack on German Zeppelin sheds. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/145 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, approving his proposals [for his ships off the coast of Belgium], providing there was no risk of HMS Revenge being kept at [Dunkirk, France] by low tides. Initialled by [?] Vice- Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/146 Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, on the completion of his operations off the coast of Belgium and ensuring the safety of his ships, including HMS Revenge. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/147 Telegram from HMS Russell, (Dover [Kent]), to Admiralty, reporting that the Belgian pilots sent to them had never piloted ships and were of no use to them, but that they had promised to provide two more Belgian pilots. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/148 Telegram from Admiralty to the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck], and the commanding officer of HMS Illustrious, ordering the Illustrious to act as harbour defence ship in the Tyne. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/149 Telegram from the Rear-Admiral, Dover to Admiralty, reporting that 17 British mines had been sunk by the Dover Patrol that day. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/150 Telegram from Dover Tidal to Admiralty and [? Captain Frederick Learmonth, Hydrographic Service], reporting that the Eastern defence had parted and was no longer serviceable and that it would be replaced by the Western defence as soon as possible. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/151 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, strongly urging that neutral ships should not be sent to Kirkwall for inspection, where they could observe ship movements at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], and suggesting that they be sent to Lerwick in the Shetlands instead. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/152 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore S', [Roger Keyes, Captain and Commodore in charge of the Submarine Service] reporting that a German submarine was using the port of Zeebrugge [Belgium], and suggesting that a 'C' class submarine be sent to stalk her; also that there was considerable German ship movement in the Heligoland Bight [off Germany], and that 2 or 3 submarines should be sent there as soon as possible. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Carbon]. 24 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/153 Telegram from the Admiral of Patrols [? Rear-Admiral John de Robeck], (Immingham [Lincolnshire]) to Admiralty, asking if HMS Illustrious was to be regarded as a permanently stationary ship in the Tyne, and stating that he considered it very important that the ship should be available to meet a raid on Blyth [Northumberland] or Sunderland [County Durham]. [Carbon]. 24 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/154 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting on the results of the [seaplane attack on German Zeppelin sheds]. [Carbon]. 24 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/155 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on Admiralty orders regarding fishing boats in the North Sea, noting that fishing was allowed between the Orkneys [Scotland] and a line joining the Hook of Holland [the Netherlands] and the Shetlands, and that it was possible for enemy trawlers to be disguised among the British fishing fleet. Jellicoe requests that the area should be prohibited to all fishing boats. [Carbon]. 25 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/156 Telegram from the French Naval Attache (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, (Bordeaux [France]), on the Admiralty's intention to form three groups of minesweepers, to clear the route between Portsmouth [Hampshire] and Le Havre. [Carbon]. 25 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/157 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reassigning ships, and suggesting that Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald Moore should transfer to HMS Leviathan to command the 1st Cruiser Squadron of 4 ships. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/158 Telegram from Admiralty to Vice-Admiral, Channel Fleet [Sir Cecil Burney], with orders to send HMS Queen or HMS Irresistible to Chatham [Kent] to have a minecatcher fitted. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/159 Telegram from Admiralty to the Admiral, Dover Patrol, reporting that night destroyers were being sent into the Channel to hunt submarines, board small craft and sink drifting mines. They would work to the westward of the Dover Patrol, but would sometimes need accommodation at Dover [Kent]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/160 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to the French Naval Attache, (London), reporting that they had sent agents to Spain, to obtain information about possible operations of minelayers and trawlers. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/161 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London), to the French Ministry of Marine, reporting that the Admiralty had accepted the French proposal that only eight submarines should be kept in the Straits of Dover. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/162 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, on reports that the Germans intended to make use of the Spanish coasts for sowing mines in the Strait of Gibraltar and along the south coast of Spain; the Attache suggests that a French ship should visit the Spanish ports to help Spanish destroyers keep a lookout. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/163 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of using Kirkwall [Orkney Islands, Scotland] rather than Lerwick [Shetland Islands] for the examination of neutral ships, as it facilitated negotiations with neutral powers. The telegram also details precautions for preventing neutral ships at Kirkwall from acquiring information. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 27 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/164 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, proposing to remain at Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] for the present. [Carbon]. 27 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/165 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, suggesting that if any of the three battle cruisers [? in the South Atlantic] took part in an action, their name and class should be suppressed, so that the enemy would not be aware of the depletion of the Battle Cruiser Squadron in the North Sea. [Carbon]. 27 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/166 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the progress of the anti-submarine defences at [Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 29 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/42/167 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that the light cruisers HMS Yarmouth and HMS Gloucester were being sent to join him, suggesting that they be attached to the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 30 Nov 1914