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 <25, 1918> 06226 JCK
ORIGIN Opnav, Washington. Ser. No. 9019.
O-1 July 26
48 ARD S E C R E T
9019. Your 1694 1702 1641 Schedule as cabled you and entrance Bay Ports vessels in H N 78 was result extraordinary demand War Department such demand will occur occasionally and Navy Department making every effort to comply. Regarding United States Troop Convoys USS LEVIATHAN will sail alone. This necessitates change groups and sailing and following is now scheduled
Group 53 July 31 as already arranged.
Group 54 U.S.S.LEVIATHAN August 3rd.
Group 55 August 6th 9 troop ships speed 13 knots.
Group 56 August 7th USTT GREAT NORTHERN and USTT NORTHERN PACIFIC
Group 57 August 10th USS AMERICA USS VON STEUBEN.
Group 57 will arrive 5 days after Group 56. Not more than 15 Bay Port vessels will be sent in H N 78. Will above revised schedule still permit entry maximum 10 Bay Ports vessels in H.N. 79 and H N 80. Acknowledge 17025 9019
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text.