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 April 12, 1918. SFM
To Opnav, Washington. Serial No 6430
Prep by CS NCT
6430. Your 4762. Detail of the U.S.S. OLYMPIA for the duty at Mourmansk will be eminently satisfactory. Recommend that she proceed via Scapa which is slightly under three thousand miles from New York. She can there fill with coal and arrive at Mourmansk with almost full bunkers. While at Mourmansk coal and other supplies will be furnished by Admiralty lines of communication except such supplies as must come from United States. The latter should be sent to Scapa for reshipment to destination. Details of this will be arranged later, I will ascertain under what orders British Senior Officer is operating and will then make further reply to the Department’s query as to what general instructions the OLYMPIA should receive. 6430 23012
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification numbers “1/2/3/F/J” appear in the upper right corner in columnar fashion.