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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.                     File No.

Cablegram Received August 20, <19> 1918,     JCM1

Origin Opnav Washington            Ser. No. 75

     O-1 Aug 20

48 ARD              S E C R E T


75 2 army ships FELTORE and CUBORE have been extremely valuable as 32 locomotives could be shipped complete in each. Only ships of this character Army could secure. Recently CUBORE was sunk2 leaving only FELTORE which Army request shall be specially safeguarded whenever possible 10919 75

Aug 20 725 AM                           Benson

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp.

Footnote 1: Initials of the transcriber.

Footnote 2: The steamship Cubore was sunk on 15 August 1918, by U-107 in the Bay of Biscay. American Ship Casualties of the World War Including Naval Vessels, Merchant Ships, Sailing Vessels, and Fishing Craft (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1923).

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