Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

 

Chronological Copy.                          File No.

Cablegram Received July <26, 1918.> 03127.   SFM

Origin Opnav Washington.                     Ser. No. 9072

O-1  July 27

33 ADR

SECRET

Simsadus.

9072. Steamer JESS L. LUCKENBACH will sail New York, N.Y. last of August for Archangel carries Red Cross supplies. From source of information available to you advise Departmen[t] whether in your opinion Russian Government will interpose objection or interfere with this vessel bringing return cargo of flax now at Archangel urgently needed by Bureau of supplies and accounts. 13026. 9072.

Benson.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is a handwritten note below the close: “Note: Name Jess L. Luckenbach can’t be located.” The ship referred to here is almost certainly the Julia Luckenbach, which was requisitioned from the Luckenbach S.S. Company in late August and departed from New York on 10 September. DANFS.

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