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 December 28th, 1917.
Origin Opnav, Washington Ser. No. 1861
1861. There are about ten sailing vessels lying in Italian port which it is the intention of the Shipping Board to take over and operate in the South American trade. When shipping Board has completed arrangement plan with Rear Admiral Niblack to give them an escort or tow to Gibraltar and from there a safe offing in the Atlantic.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.