Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
TROOPS in Single Mercantile Vessels
<April 12, 1918.>
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 08313 April EWC
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 4875
Ref’d to Date
O-1 13 April
4875. The 4 American Liners are being taken over by Army to carry troops and operated as other transports. It is the intention to route them in fast Halifax Nova Scotia convoys out of New York N.Y., unless some better way of utilizing their speed can be devised. Army make 2 suggestions which are referred to you<:> first would it be practicable to select certain British vessels of 15 knots speed or over and combined with the
e4 American Liners form groups of faster than convoys speed out New York N.Y. SECOND, would it be possible to route these 4 ships with our faster ships bound for France, they being later deverted to Liverpool, England<?> 19012 4875.
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