Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <3 February 1918>
ORIGIN Opnav Washington SERIAL NO 963
VIA NCB 18-D DATE NO. 202
COPIES TO COS JVB ECT FILE NO 16003
ACTION REFERED to:
963 Your 1219. Buord is preparing to supply 60,000 mines and sinkers destined for Area A and C North Sea barrage but slight delay may result from American wire rope Manufacture being heavily burdened by other war requirements. Obtaining 4 mine-layers similar to Old Colony but somewhat inferior, 4 others similar to U.S.S.DIXIE 14 to 15 knots, carrying 1,000 mines or more. Ship fitted with lift from lower track level. 16003.
Source Note: Cy. DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: in columnar fashion: 1/2/A/J”; in upper right-hand corner: “28/I/2.”