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Transmits copy in translation of a communicatioa received from Imperial Foreign Office, Nov. 14,

1914, relative to regulations for navigation in the German Bay of the North Sea.

States that a copy of reply of German Government to protest of British Gow eminent against the laying of German mines has been forwarded to American Ambassador at London for transmission to British Foreign Office.

Incloses copy of a circular received from British Admiralty regarding the navigation of the North Sea and English Channel.

Transmits warning that Germany will resist the shipment of forces and implements by Great Britain to France with every war means at its command.

Mariners warned navigation entirely forbidden to all ships of described area in Irish Channel.

Incloses copy in translation of a note verbale received from the Imperial Foreign Office Feb. 28,

1915, relative to the extent of the war area pro claimed by the German Admiralty.

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From and to whom.

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State (telegram).

Consul General Skinner to the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State to Ambassador W. H. Page (telegram).

Ambassador W. H. Page to the Secretary of State (telegram).

The Secretary of State ad interim to Ambassador W. H. Page (telegram).

Date.

1915. Mar. 6

May 17

May 19

May 20

June 5

June 16

Subject.

Telegraphs with reference to a warning issued by the British Admiralty for vessels navigating between Great Yarmouth and the English Channel.

States Admiralty cancels notice on navigation North Sea dated Nov. 30, 1914. Masters strongly urged to obtain latest notices before sailing from British ports. Gives principal mined areas as far as known.

Incloses copy of British Admiralty notice relating to navigation in the North Sea and British home waters.

States the Department does not fully understand the intention and effect underlying the regulations of Admiralty in canceling notice on navigation in North Sea of Nov. 30, 1914, cabled by Skinner May 17. Instructs Mr. Page to make report on subject.

Transmits reply of British Foreign Office to inquiry of Ambassador Page as to Admiralty announcement canceling notice on navi gation in North Sea of Nov. 30, 1914.

States that the Department's inquiry is not fully answered by the note of British Foreign Office, and

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Maritime Danger Zones and Mine Areas—Continued.

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Subject.

directs Mr. Page to secure further explanation.

Informs Department of notice to mariners issued by British Admiralty.

Quotes note from Foreign Office, July 22, which states that neutral mer chant vessels must apply through their diplomatic representative for special directions of the Admiralty as to the north-about route.

States Department understands requirement in Admiralty notice of May 15 that neutral vessels bound to North Sea by north about route must obtain from Admiralty special directions, applies only to vessels sailing from Brit ish ports and not from American or neutral ports. Report whether this understanding is correct.

Quotes note from Sir E. Grey relating to neutral vessels passing north-about from one neutral port to another.

Reports Admiralty Order 764 regarding navigation in Straits of Dover between Varne Shoal and Folkestone.

Quotes circular note from Foreign Office, May 1, 1916, announcing exten sion of British mine field off Belgian coast.

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Reports he is informed by
German Foreign Office
that German ports are
strewn with mines and it
is requested that warning
be given shippers against
navigating in ports which
foreign forces might use
as bases.

Communicates telegram he
received from his Govern-
ment informing him that
the Germans had indis-
criminately mined the
North Sea and that in self
defense the British Ad-
miralty will adopt meas-
ures that will make
navigation even more per-
ilous.

The Department, replying to
the British memorandum,
states that the reported
act of Germany is in dis
regard of article 1 of
The Hague Convention,
and sees no reason why.
as a defensive measure,
Great Britain should adopt
a similar course.

Communicates telegram from
the British Government in

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Memorandum from
British Embassy.

Date.

1914.

the Aug. 19

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Subject.

which they state they will
try to indicate certain
routes and channels for
trade to pass to the
Scheldt.

Points out that if Great Brit
ain refrains from adopt
ing the methods of Ger-
many in mining North
Sea, the result is that
Germany receives impu
nity unless the neutral
Powers can find some
means of making Germany
feel that she can not con
tinue to receive trade and
supplies through neutral
shipping.

Quotes telegram from Brit
ish Foreign Office warning
against German mines in
the North Sea and stat
ing that the British Ad-
miralty have not so far
laid any mines during the
present war.

Quotes text of telegram
from Sir E. Grey stating
that an Iceland trawler
was reported to have
struck a mine 25 miles off
the Tyne and sunk, and
stating that no British
mines have been laid.

States no German port
is blockaded and nothing
stands in the way of neu-
tral states' sea trade with
Germany. Denies British
reports that North Sea
has been infested with
mines by Germany. |

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