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

Action Copy.                                File No. <27/5/5>

          Cablegram Received July <9, 1918.> 16010     SFM

Origin    Opnav, Washington. (Buord)             Ser. No. 8305

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8305. 823. Progress on 14” railroad mount makes change in design impossible. Original 5 completed and shipped, additional 3 for ordnance Department U.S.Army will be completed July 15th. Load on forward truck can be reduced to 19 2/5 tons if necessary by running gun in. To accomplish this chain fall can be installed and gun placed on suitable block while at base trip Philadelphia, Sandy Hook, N.J. gun mount complete was run over 75 Lb. rails at Sandy Hook NJ<.> Track was laid on loose sand with sharp curve and light rails. 14” railroad mount as designed will run over any track in U.S. at 10 miles an hour; on main line car can be operated at 40 miles an hour. It is safe to operate this mount over French railroads 14009 8305


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

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