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Re: PLUM Convoy Route, one more

October 27 2011 at 9:24 PM
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Nelson  (no login)


Response to Re: PLUM Convoy Route

 

Mitch,

Dang, missed an important error in your previous posting....

> The Plum Convoy changed its route with the sudden onset of war. >

NO! Here are the essential parts of the pertinent Operation Order, dated 27 NOV 1941, FROM The Commandant, Fourteenth Naval District, TO The Convoy Commander, Cmdr. D. Browne, USN, Commanding USS CHAUMONT. So not to repeat anything previously written....

"2. On or about 28 November, 1941, and when in all respects ready for sea, you will depart from Pearl Harbor, T.H., for MANILA, P.I. [Following are the specifics for the convoy conference beforehand.]

3. [List of the SEVEN OTHER vessels in the convoy, including USS Niagara, but excluding USS Pensacola, by no definition part of the convoy or subject to the convoy commander's orders.]

4. The Escort Commander is Captain N. Scott, U.S. Navy, Commanding USS PENSACOLA.

6. In the vicinity of SUVA, detach vessels requiring water or fuel for the continuation of the voyage. [etc.]

7. After leaving Point NEGAT [specified elsewhere as Latitude 12º 40' S, Longitude 149º 00' E], proceed to within signalling distance of PORT MORESBY, NEW GUINEA, where you will be furnished pilots for TORRES STRAIT. Vessels requiring fuel or water at this time may be furnished some at PORT MORESBY.

8. Upon departure vicinity MORESBY, direct convoy to proceed to MANILA, P.I. via TORRES STRAIT and MOLUCCA and SIMUTU PASSAGES."

There is more, but I have provided enough, I presume, to show that the intention from the outset was to send the Pensacola convoy by the southern route, not used by any convoy since USS Portland (CA 33) convoyed USAT Liberty several weeks before. Thus the route selected had nothing to do with the sudden onset of war.

Nelson

 
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