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 Sept. 1, 1917.
Origin Admiral Benson. Serial No. Opnav 297.
Via. N.C.B.R. Date No. 12031
Copies to C.of S.; J.V.B., B.A.L. File No. 11 4 13
Action referred to
B. A. L.
For Chief of Naval Operations
To Commander Naval Forces European Waters:
Opnav 297. Your three hundred seventy one period. Not considered practicable at present to undertake convoy direct from Colon, Panama to submarine zone period. We will however undertake for the present convoy of Australian troop ships every two weeks from Colon, Panama to Halifax, Nova Scotia period. U. S. S. Charleston directed to escort the convoy, reaching Colon, Panama September fifth. 12031.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Someone has written in “August 31, 1917” as the date of the document.