Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
225 — The Australian Commonwealth Naval Board to Director of Sea Transport
The Australian Commonwealth Naval Board to Director of Sea Transport
Repeated to the New Zealand Naval Board.
It is therefore proposed that shipping be utilised as follows:
The inclusion of four fast ships in the same convoy as the Dutch ships appears uneconomical because of, firstly, the slow speed combined with the convoy, viz., about 14–15 knots; secondly, the four fast ships are already fitted; thirdly, it is anticipated that the Mauretania, Empress of Japan, and Orcades could leave Wellington about 23 August, being joined in Bass Strait by the Aquitania.page 174
Subject to ocean escort being available (see my telegram No. 226 of 5 August), it is proposed that the Mauretania, Empress of Japan, Orcades, and Aquitania should proceed as fast convoy US 4, 19–20 knots, to Bombay via Fremantle, and the four Dutch ships from Sydney as slow convoy US 5, 14–15 knots, as soon as ready, at the earliest about 6 September.
The dates of leaving Fremantle will be approximately as follows, but will be confirmed:
US 4, Sunday, 1 September
US 5, Saturday, 14 September
3 These two telegrams from the Director of Sea Transport are not published. They gave details of his proposals for the assembly of the convoy.
4 Not published. The numbers given in this telegram were 287 officers, 53 nurses, and 5791 other ranks.