Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
DISPATCH TO BE SENT
Date 6 April, 1918
To Opnav Washington, D.C.
Prepared by CS No. 6153
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My 4841. Latest information is to the effect that no definite arrangements have been made for destruction of ships, but cooperation of Bolshevik Government being sought and representation being made that destruction of ships is only hope of ensuring that enemy can make no use of them. Admiral Razvasov, Commander-in-Chief, Baltic Fleet, informs British Naval Attache that any attempt on the part of officers to prepare ships for destruction cause action against them as counter revolutionaries. On March 20th, Commander-in-Chief was arrested on this pretext. Reliable reports received indicate that Battle Cruisers building at Petrograd cannot be completed under one and one-half years, normal rate of construction. Press reports that Russian ships at Hango, Finland were blown up by their Commanders are not officially confirmed, but are credited here. Situation of ships at Helsingfors not known.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.