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 August
16 <15>, 1917.
Origin Admiral Benson Ser No Opnav 160
Via N C B Date No 10013
Copies to C of S, Comdr Babcock
Action referred to
Comdr Long reply sent 17/0/17 BAL
From Admiral Benson.
To Admiral Sims.
Opnav 160. It is very undesirable that the following fast ships making passage across the ocean and carrying mail valuable lives and cargoes by required to go to Halifax, Nova Scotia to join the liner convoy St. Paul, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York. These are the only four fast craft now in our service as mail craft across the Atlantic Ocean. If directed to join convoy at Halifax, much time is lost especially as theymust rebunker there. It is the desire of the Department that these ships continue their weekly sailings direct but be met by a destroyer escort. Can this not be arranged/ Acknowledge.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document is an, “Action Copy. . . R 266.” The handwritten date in angle brackets is confirmed by the time-date stamp at the end of the document