Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander, Atlantic Fleet, to Caroline Wing Mayo
UNITED STATES ATLANTIC FLEET
FLAGSHIP OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF
Jan. 24 – 1918
My own dear Carrie:
. . . I was awakened very early -530- a.m. – by the testing of engines and steering gear. But we did not get under way. Howard came in about 645- to report that the Pilot said he could not take us out. The Westerly wind caused a low high tide and there was not enough water to take this ship safely thru the Buttermilk Channel. The ship draws 31½ feet. The Pilot and Capt. Howard watched the height of tide very carefully until 730- a.m. then had to give up any idea of getting out. So we are delayed for twenty four hours – but hope to get out tomorrow morning. . . . Today was a beautiful day for going to sea and it is too bad that we couldn’t get out. It is a serious reflection on our principal navy yard that the depth, under certain conditions of wind, is insufficient for a ship to get out. . . .