Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <25/2/1>
Cablegram Received April <4, 1918.> 08406 WHE
Origin Opnav, Washington (Bucon.) Ser. No. 4604
M-1 7 April
Opnav. 4604. Emergency Fleet Corporation has established Department to design manufacture and install Otter gear fittings on their ships and they have agreed to equip British vessels in American ports with the same organization. They expect to equip 500 American steamers and 250 British vessels during 1918. Also expect to repair equipment on any ship necessary. Vickers Limited have sent 4 experts to this country<;> may send 2 more in connection with this work. Emergency Fleet Corporation utilizing experts for technical advice in connection with designing etc. and requested Navy Department to ask Admiralty for expression of opinion as to compensation which ought to be paid Vickers for the use of experts during this period ending Ded. 31st 1918 covering equipment approximately 500 American and 250 British vessels. Compensation has no connection with the royalties on manufacture of paravanes.
It is requested further that the Admiralty advise Navy Department if any conclusion arrived at as to amount of Royalties to be paid by the United States Navy to the inventor of the Paravanes through the Admiralty for the use of drawings and manufacture of Paravanes in this country according to original agreement. 19404, 4604 Benson
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.