Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Rear Admiral Joseph K. Strauss, Commander, Mine Force, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations

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     CABLEGRAM RECEIVED  April 27, <25> 1918.

Origin Inverness (Comdr Mine Force) Ser. No. 84

Ref’d. to Date

M 4       27/4/18

29 ADR         VERY SECRET

Simsadus

84.  For Chief of Naval Operations. Referring to my letter of April 2nd1 file number 3 British Admiralty now agrees to necessity for surface mining area C2 and desire us to lay 2 rows of surface mines to southward of their mines in that area. I prefer to lay these mines first provided anchors are available. Area C has been shifted about 25 miles to south of original position. About 6,000 mines will be required with cable 150 fathoms long 220 anchor with 150 fathom cables have been received to date. How many anchors have been wound with this length cable. How soon will they be shipped. How soon can total of 6,000 such anchors be supplied.3 15125 84.

Strauss

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. File reference: “File No. 26-1-1/1/2/A/J.” The handwritten date corresponds with the time stamp at the bottom of the document.

Footnote 1: For more on the redirection of mine laying, see: William S. Sims to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 9 April 1918.

Footnote 2: For a map of the North Sea Mine Barrage, see: Maps of April 1918.

Footnote 3: Benson’s response has not been found.