Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
<February 9, 1918.>
Cablegram Received 20009 MJK
Origin Opnav Washington. Ser. No. 2823
2823. If it is desired to take over French yards L’Orient and Rochefort it is urgent to give early information of material and facilities required from this country. Gauges of railroad tracks and plans of yards particularly desired. Contracts now under consideration will be affected. Can civil engineers be utilized<?> 15109
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.