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 <11> 13, 1918.
Origin: Opnav, Washington. Ser. No. 9760.
9760. Your 2656. From information received by Department the addition of a 4000 ton tank ship seems unnecessary. To (take?) this tank ship from this coast would result in partial disruption coastwise oil trade which Department desires not to do if possible. Investigate further and report if this tank ship is absolutely necessary. 13011. 9760.
3:05 AM August 13, 1918.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.