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Vincent Astor Reports on Convoys During World War II
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TitleVincent Astor Reports on Convoys During World War II
CreatorVincent Astor
DescriptionVincent Astor provides a report to President Roosevelt concerning the protection of shipping convoys on the Eastern Sea Frontier during the Second World War.
NotesCoordinating the movement of convoys and military ships was not a formal responsibility of Astor's as the Area Controller of New York, but Astor was active in locating Nazi U-boats and steering American vessels away from danger while military vessels would engage the enemy.
Subject.TGMNaval warfare
Subject.lcshRoosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Astor, Vincent, 1891-1959
Personal NameVincent Astor
Franklin D. Roosevelt
LocationNew York - New York
HRVH TopicsPresidents & Politicians
Resource TypeText
SourceFranklin D. Roosevelt, Papers as President: The President's Secretary's File. Box: 92. Folder: Astor, Vincent 1941-1944 and Undated.
Resource IdentifierPSF-VincentAstor_convoy-patrol report.pdf
Publisher.DigitalFranklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Holding InstitutionFranklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Contact Information4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Transcript••2 \ fl tl [ I H£ADOUART£RS EASTERN SEA FltONTlER 90 CHURCH lmtnT NIW YOllll I "" JUl.y 16, l9oJ.2. ~. - ~/-~~-4~ Durin~ our conver11.at1on la.a I;. weei~ sc11cr•11.l q, uin: tlons c.ame. up conc.e'rn1n, :; tho convoy.inf': Df ~e rch11.nt veaae s ~n c;e ~stern SoQ FranttDr , At the ttr1e, I , nrn nat; aure imo of 111y; i;o feel thltt I ooulll ana 1e1• these c.celU'Rt ly. J;cw l 'oelieve t.hllt I c.o.n. :.....;t iES'l' i! C1:.:...S. •. -·"· 1~ !JAY ( 1u:.... As ;::: , ;;o_ :T:~ Dli rn: i, r. , ~au ':. ?.ou· :n l -. 01"7 three do:, ·.. en e~~orted convoy ~ttt :11 froi.1 L:ey.• o t ro~ t~. ChC.!l!ll)lllll:~ ~11] \.; D!lll­poa.:;.: a a J, oy.!.l!!.'1: , -'••a ou oi" e~c:.. hr~!! ol: t.'1.tii!ll D.l'EI acheti'1J.ed to ';.o":e lQ motlli t c.Jlu tne tl'.1rd e knots , , 11.s f'requonc:r. th l! i~ ha boBt thci.t t::..a.i.a11"'.;ern Son d.'ont!l)r can tic 11 ti.. t.i o pre:ae t available m.1rJber or ~cort vo!la ~. 1.n.addition tc t~ aurfRce ahipa, M~art:tr1J ple.n a are ai!lp&.tche!l. wh1tr1Qver ll'l!O.thc!l:' cc:in­di t1011 , ..el"Lll t Ship a •u·! t.h !L a'oed o!' 15' er !:'.Ore ~r;s p~acaad aln~ly on Zig- ~a~ ccUl'aes imq to dnte have boon rel-:i.t1vely fre.e from attack..Sh.i of' O.!la tltan 8 knDts ar~ a.lten rrm:i t...1e ChoBe.pea%e un er ese1ort to Ce.p111 i.oo'.io\d: aml tnen ~o 11lon£; tho Mtr.ipin, ; as loae to t. e 11hore 11.11 their dra!JSht Jl r:nita , r.iaki · ror soJ:te aoeuro anchorage wll;lOnevar po1u11cle prior to clnr!m&.111.111. t\10!!n I;:oy ';'teat e.nci Jaek1 omTill11 theao ship!! ooc.M1ionally p:l"oeeed uneaoortecl but uvo bo1ni 1eld in Ol"t Rt aucl tL~os a..111 tho ~ituntian 1n tne.;1J.or1da 11tr&.1 t11 11pporu•iir1 t:.o be a.11ut1J until Mi 1Heort hoc.a:.:.11 ava.1lo.h s , l et11een Che11a u111rn Ba/ t\rui. he Jllla , 1a.r11 alver.!!hips cth~~ thrut ~~o~o or ~eat drnu:;ht n:ncl/or l1m r~ t: ;iroe od vio. t. oso 11ntor1·1 j 11 an t: c C.h3lle., oit::e and i.rel11'1Ul'e 1..11J10.l. ~ oao pi·o.coollin..:; via the nland i tt1r"Tll.? routo oilv ou:i raq\llre 1.1t1 oooort. '_'hol!o l'01- ~asdln~ out~! a are ln i:iA aQaorted or· aonvor 0Ac~pt for faa• l/~Ba~la. M l - REORJOED UN CLAbciir ;:.. HEADQUARTERS EAStERN SEA l'ltONTIER IO CHUllCH snu:n ?C!W YOIK JUl.y 16. 1942. CA ~ Lu! l3etrrean these potnta there la 11 dai l y oonvoJ aver~31n~ sonewhere bet~ een 12 nd 20 1'1erc!'tant 11001101.. It uc e scort 11.!l la ava.!. nblc...1tl!I canvo roaoel vell alr sun!Jo1•ti 1 1ch ~oner 11J ( :re t~ er perr.rl. t t n, c) inolu bl1m1 rrm:1 L i'. ura , , n, ;l. n.ntl rii t ey rocelve p \l'e:ia~ pl11ne llU · ~lnml SoWi.t.l l 11! ~nseboUJ d convo; (known 011 ') 1 c:o s!11t~ Cl h.a JllJl~' a5 SQ a pa 11nd oper teo ouoo o. ·eel· e acorted b~· Cll!ladl n vul l'oraes cons stlnc or de11tro· rn ruld corvott:i.e at1 viell u.s s 1e , .::.. pl p ot;octio , .. ic::. inc U\Jes , 1. en possHi e , e i 1:n 0 t;Le 'Ieat 111.r - or tne ln rna.!:1onnJ. atiundary Line bhl.'.l convoy 1s wider tm1 control o'" t e ::: stern l:le.l''roat !.er , a d i;o t: a., .t•;;nra it ' irect d !J c.nlld11m forces. Upc n.rrivaJ. 1n H&J.1fll.l ue r c~ant vess la join tht! t r ens -.tlc tic convo scent o~er tin, -:: i'O.llu1 a o.~ 1011e, l!:omroy nvo b on n:1 - 0 low:i : REOR, t.DED UNCL. '- ; , , ... ~: L.s co1;11on.:'ot11l ow ;.i r t.n.n!tar:i ::.t.o.:ot:o. mm.oo Cfil'~""'...., 2g QOOd.~ r t nod - 2 - HEADQUARTERS EASTERN SEA FltOHT1£1t IO CHUllCH sntUT l CllrGO c:nr.;o l clll'Cti llllkar NIW YOMC.sAl. ' sunk i)y n.im1. - I.lLU;i:;i.~ 00 , torpedoed. a:nu SWll:. - Cliii..01Ul:, bor:iedoed., .r.r.d. lnl er tt1Md (Jul:; l, :j). il. l:O', !:~ , torpedoed , t1.nd lll1ned ( J\1l lw) I l col;'IOYS i:rs s i.11n:- , ;a.., - l - , l l=t42. 'i'o ci nte 20 aailin.::;:a.. ':'ota.l mm'ber to.: ':era 92 " ot11 numb r cuc;oea 20 Gran ':'ot al 312 !Ji s tre ti.ti : 2 n - t:sso 1 'IJST 1'l and aoas;;i 'I' _ u:, strack l!11.no3 , both ta;ren lnto port. Di:LA:ofu"1B "Ji..Y i ( sou:nmom :iJ l :.Wtbnr of sh1p11 oonvoye ;io il!t. :!IHI ( Ol"'i'SIDJ!!J l4 J :il..SAPEA, .., Bi Y iu lJ3r.A', j'iu'"ill (OUT::JilJi:) (.Io, t'l'i!:BOIJilll) :Jumhor of sll1pa convo:r d Ho l:llstress 171.:..." , , :i'(;.t : 0 :i::u:, ;..1.E lY ( SOU L'H301Jl:D ) :;w;iboI' of 11111~11 convoyed 84G l:o D1s tr11~:1 u~r..~·....... 1_ ll.. •.: TU ;:.r. r ::ex: ( ro..ootr.:D) l1Ulllb~ I' or 11111 ;nJ o onvoycul. 6Z2 Dl11tre&11 : WEU\~~.or - , r~~.-iS-:-t..10, :;:.., 11 a rn~-.., .11u.• J tor_ t!.o and lo t •... 0:111011 bo t:;, ·roon. ! an·., .: F.oo.: G:i_::m Cad 0 -.3 - " •.: ·:, ::.. r. r:t, . ~: l HEAOQU, tRTERS EASTERN SQ F'kUiri id., . ~ -...; :. r.i l fa..U IO CHUICH ST'ltRI' HIW 'l'OllK July is , l 042 n. ~O!iVOYS fot!ll nurl'.l4'l' tnnl:ors OO:J · ota.1 n n o&• ct.11'...;oos ~ G!'and ~·'° t:ll il2 2 car..:;ces - 1~0:7 t1 I~, ... B:i, 11. s r.O. ! ~l1n•, ot"p!ldood 11nd ta.:en int a port ;, u:::;.:;.::1), ::::i. -ACO)B, 111 11t1•11, i:- er• tor­pe4oed lo~t. •Jl'o.nd 'fotnl to dat-e : r:s - 3E!l a... - 3 2 BX - 412 r.ros 10 ata.l. Loall!!11!1. OOvt:! 'L"';J.oro P.I'!l al110 i.:.l a ·ollo in.; convc:.• !!love­::' •.ont:i Into tli.:..r.storn ::.aa ~at.:. er.rroo othoi' pof.nt:i ; eo:nra~~ trot HnlU'1ui:: to :lo11 ti on ::id ul1 con·1oya.!'rOJ:l ~ · o Lnl ~1'.l i. •..:n_:don to i•ort' :..-io:::"icru1 porta, iTnorti l:uivu b!'.111n no 10~11 :i ir.i m: eo~vo:;-:i , •1 t~ th(J.'.:n11tol'n :iEnl -• -ontior. ~., o C?a..t'_;:i.!lh..ipa ,;.._::: = :c.-{.? :, (:;[Q, , _, :.;(J;, . u'D •!J t.or_.lldOOU £Ll\i.; :Jwt:: ln nl'! , .:J C!lrlVC;, " rd t.hln L. o.::C.nt~I'n.:.ic1:1 "'rcmt1er In tllo lo t..l -iova:'!Jllte umler escort bet·;, cen Cr.po 1.ocl, ou [l.n · t:ia ~naa ;1eo.:u1 , 10 c~r~o 11hip11, J, llit.L 11m.1.. J imw, . bav:2 be on torpodoetl 1:..n 11w1:lc. su:111al'iz.b.~ t.111 t1.hov it a, ..1mnra t_111.t. 14 11 ii-~ :.:..vo bao.-. a j;:JcC. to a.: ot• nit one;.q o1no111 , ;Jul n oonvo~· ·jitthln th() Las i 1n•n l: en.?ront1er n.nd a or t~e~, ~nv~ b~en lost. - ' - I• HEADQUARTERS EASTERN SEA FRONTIER 10 CHURCH STIIDll' NNYORIC !n acidl ti on to t:1e1:1 loasos , Len 11h.1.p11 (not tnclu L - t ·.10 =- na:tl., ~ boats ·, 1h1ol1 ior it el eti) ho..•, •13 bil"!ln sun, : !n tL.e ~1u teri· Se ;;Tontior Bi nee i n7 lat 11.B a resul. t or attc.o:: or onot.l'/ mno. All o t:Le1111.11 i!.;.ia ·1oioo Jl!'Oooodln.... 11 n.;l , tuo , ·.1:... lO'::I::­- · ~....: a d c- v:? a.x~-::;n;, _, , l au oi.'1g1 oocort c_.!._1:1. ·ovan \fore outbound, one beln.;; an r:;entino ahlp ndepem.lentl, y :routed. 'i.'!1roe ""ere inboun.d and their rout1:n..... illll not !IUbj c~ l;o control o!" t: ll J:a.atu•n ~eQ ~ l'On t i0.1' :, ::.i nt!o _or. p av' ou::ill ~ two 11hlp11, tho _ o;J.r r o:i.::: 11.mi t e :m;;•;n:-- , ~el" torpedoed on Ju y ~ ~ and aubseque:itly ran into our o.m Cap He.ttaraa l'll.1ne field~ ~1eae aompnrnt1vel 1 ~t losses 111 at t;lic point probabl~· lend ou to Ail~t he cause 11nd loelll.11;; or tr. ver" ee.V3' recent destruction of :shipp n~ "ln the /, e1 nnt1e '. It cM• did r:ie. l an not tr •l:1r to concoct nl.ibis _or tl:;e Eastern ::i11a frontier. but t~o tno~ ao~a r ecuiin th~t tho ovoi-- h elttln.... n r1 t ai' :rec Jnt s1nldn..;:i l t v" bes of G_ ".!~ aver 1: ic dnirll, l. •t.:ulJ.•eris o.nd this ate.ff have no "i:: antrol ·\·1:'1.c. tever. L~' Cl!' a, ;: : a.via 'oe.en sh:t, !I, rw.• ofr11 oro,"1in ain:;lJ, DRdt n ao-;!l cll.l!tls , rout~d b~- t.119.Elri th?'!. T'1 s is ::10:10 thin.;: ho. L 111 \le;-ond m:, - !" elc:l ~: u is n 11u~ eo ~ , ;h.ioh !'or obv ou:!l reniion!l 1 have no, t; loo!tod ~nto •.:;o.;;-...~........-;.;..-..:.=;..;:...;;..;;.;:.;..-::::.:.:.:..:;;;;.;;.;.~;;;;;;.., :;~:.:.:;:;:.:.;.~. 1I... Ii A l:no i REGRADEn UNCL.-".b.: lf..... -. '.. EADoUARTERS USTERN SEA FRONTIER to C14UllCH ITWltt N"IEW YOU.rul:r 16, 1942 D~T •• rc t o:· o:- :.:HE! Y.. L' :.-c;;!....... ore "Jer­ha. ps tr..o :.iiatern :lee. Fr.on"thr anci. the.\rr.iy : r orce 1. lch a nar in£:; 1n conjunction, ara doln[: bettor than s r onoro.lly ree.11::.od, due~ p0ul bly, to tho1r beine; over-oonnervntlve in wak1n~ el aixs. Only tLr ee enemy u arin.os a.r e no boine; c l aimed. as sure 11k1lla" by this co=imd.. cou'l nnrtlly las~ since l n these particular oa~oa de c.d bad en and 11vo ~r1sone rs 111erre fi iU:i.oi:i. up. I IL'll enclosing , in r opei; that you \'fil l tlnd it ln t l!!'t'o~tine and ~ l eaaan t r eading, Jartial copies or ::m;1m7 :.ct1on :Jla.r ltt for July 15tl1 an(! 14 The ;in o.. c.plUl Vlhloh I cnnr!red woul d, I t hink , 1n~i cate to oven the cost 011nil:t1at c that soiie of these s~ba are unlikely ever to roturn to e and ~lt l er. Tl ere t~va been a nttarlbor or e1n1 1ar rovabl e caeea ln t he pa3t. I.n connoct!on \'l'1 th this sor t of thin 11.nd other c:iatter , •~hethe r s olnz ~iell ar ot orw1so, I wonder if it 1ould no-t be of 1ntoro t to vou to nck i'Ld.".'lir nl :....... ·rem~1 to aen :-ou ovor::;• :.o ofte 11 roct and. UJi., . o£1'1c1a l' l)ort on h~m th1n, c;a arc i;;oinr;..•or. npa t:Jis ~ u~~ ~etion 1:; too ca ntrnl'11" to pro t ocol to be ~ractleab l o.. lthau~.n•otoco doos ee..'!! n.s compared to ·llnnin•· thia wa:r. certn!til - never...-ou d c:lo tt.ia un-l o~ :s. 7ou 1n:itruc tad hla to. i. y e.11 om.en abaor ve:r !'l.eot la n.ov a onl.y build n u an!!. i::otnr r:iore or leGn ll r1~-h.... I eor­t! l.:!. n l !l;J?t'!.lcic. te your stop_ in[: i'urthcr cqui s1 t i on. 01 t ho f!:ihln:: bolltn , !"or t tho. encl oi' act \'10c l: 1 t did loo}:: all t ou~ tUJ't:i'..or 1.nrond ~1ould. not onl:, - de pr i ve nll or :'l'tdr.:.• r at. ut slnl· n: c;ro t coru:a:ndl On Dover·_ ocent occn.:iions. Liu'au!:;h r u( io reports , 1t baa ) Nlvol!. 1 t11 u.eetul m.1ee. REG t' ":D UN CL1-.b , ~!.J HEADOUARTERS UST£RN KA f'RONTIER IO CllUICH ITllDr NEW YORK July 16, 1942 P.\OClT.LJ.r....::·T :.:m c:: a..m.:101: OP YAC!r Aa OU mow, rcaUed Gro.eo '.l'UI'.l'.y e:storUBJ concern.lnu tho d1 ft'lcult)' ot pr ocuring ana.11-., but nevertno e:H1 a.ult tile, motorbo t.111 ror ~11trol ;i-ur1)0:111::1. ::ere arc the r cte nbout this. ~ ving located se ercl boate ca b o of operc n under vor~ge r1Vnther conditions I a::i~red thl:i Col'lll;l.ll.n (•.. ' the·- did li:m!edia tely) i1l r~quont the procur~rtent of one ~hich, due to her ex­cellent c:on i ion, co '1d be o! 1nr, ed1o.te use 1n connec­t! on ""1 ti'!. thei fl shinG tiee t and i.hen be u11o!'U.l. for patro pU:rpo on. D!.reetor' ra~ort de crlbo~ thl~ bo~t ne bo1~6 5 root long; bu1 t in 936 nt one of f;r.e b11 t.rlll'da il re-p101Yereli 1 st ~·e!ll' li th b;ro.nd no'A' t 1n- ecre' uienel n nee ·1v1n~ a crai~ln B?eed or 1.2 tmo t11 o.nd 11 no.x ~ of' 14. :S; and rw-tnor des er bins ~er as boin~ stur 1ly con~tructod, ell raat~n~d, Dnd !' eou:tp:1ed. 'i'· ore C!!.n.'1ot be t sli:htest quost1on 01· t: 11 little boat l:lain~ c pable o!' clU."ryin:; d.e~itl cilar5oll a.nd, 11'1 V e•;:i of o..-'OC!t'l, droppin:; th I in :i;o. "oty to :er11 t..Io 1ever, : ~ _;mt na.a turned 'o i.l:r the Join oorc~t ve;..ael board ill , ;i;i.l!l't".iin to If t. '11.!.s to be •the ro, sul11r ?raoeduro I cann t h ~' u r l t LC 7 , a all bo do~rlvod or 4 cortnln nunbor or boa ta tr..nt r;r ca. able or uo.o!\tl a.e:rvlco ·.. incl.or ver­a o oncilt1on:l n rnmy o nt!l a cm_ tnia Att'"11r l , , ;iclre :i 1a cort.rU.nly U.oing s best to proc\ll'e b Jo.t:i ,! several. ~dred , Jl'i'l.•nte l ;, r O\'med J 01te : v oeon on 1sted aa vo untoor patrols in tr~ Co t a~rd.eBervu. ut ta lUto tho acove. who:ro net 11.l ;Jrocurer.tor: t ror the l:~v: •:1.11.a lnvolv d, .. low· o.. tmd r.!L~o tho jo\J ~ o:re d.'..ftict 1 t. REGRADED UNt, .L...... b~11'" •..C:J
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