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 July <17,1918.> 22117
Origin Opnav Washington. Ser. No. 8622
O-1 18 July
8622 Following mine sweepers have been commissioned and temporarily assigned to Naval Districts; U.S.S. TANAGER U.S.S. OWL U.S.S.LAPWING Y.S.S. KINGFISHER U.S.S. RAIL Original plan contemplated assigned first 12 these mine sweepers to mine force.
Ratification your recent report that U.S.S. ONTARIO was not needed with mine force and bearing in mind urgent need for vessel of this kind on this side these mine sweepers will not be sent to Europe for operations with mine force or elsewhere unless urgently needed. 10017. 8622
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification numbers “29-1-4” appear in the top-right corner, with “1/2/K/J” appearing below in columnar fashion. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the cable.