By William N. Still Jr.
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Yet, as David Trask notes in an introduction to Sims’s chronicle of the war years, The Victory at Sea, he is not as well remembered as other naval officers who held important commands during wartime. 4 William Sowden Sims was born to an American engineer and a Canadian mother on October 15, 1858, in the village of Port Hope on Lake Ontario, a fact more than once cited to explain his Anglophilism. Sims usually ignored remarks written about 22 Crisis at Sea him, but he rankled at being referred to as Canadian rather than American.
Admiral Benson approved but called for an independent naval force. 66 The Atlantic Fleet was anchored in the York River near Hampton Roads when orders were received on April 6 to mobilize for war. ”67 Nonetheless, the Department had begun to arrange naval collaboration. On March 24, Wilson wrote Daniels, “the main thing is no doubt to get into immediate communication with the [British] Admiralty . . ” Rear Admiral William S. Sims was soon sent to Great Britain with instructions to begin consultation with the Admiralty and other officials.
Recognition that the Navy’s primary responsibility was to protect lines of communication to the Allies. Emphasis on offensive operations. ” He asked what the Admiralty intended to do. 99 The president sent a copy of his letter to Daniels implying that the United States should develop its own naval policy. Finally, on July 5, Lord Northcliffe, an influential British publisher and confidant of the prime minister, reported from Washington the American dissatisfaction with British naval policy. S.