Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT 8 April 1918 RES
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 6214
Prep. by CS NCT D.R.
6214. Your 4605. Admiralty believes it desirable that a United States man-of-war be at Mourmansk for three reasons. First: A force of considerable strength may be needed at any time; Second: Russians of all classes should be impressed with the unity of the Allies; Third: Russian feeling for United States is somewhat more friendly than for Great Britain so that some difficulties might be avoided if a United States man-of-war were present.
There is no vessel in my forces suitable for this detail, unless one of the battleships be taken. I strongly recommend that no one of the battleships now in European Waters be diverted to this duty, but that a pre-dreadnaught battleship or armored cruiser from home waters be sent. <23508> 6214
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.