Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 15 December, 1917.
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 2150
Prep. by MO NCT D.R. 16 Dec.
2150. Your 1343. My 1884. Cone advises supply ships so far offered larger than required. Effort should centre on vessels 500 tons or less net cargo capacity or on two steamers aggregating 500 tons. Cold storage can be dispensed with if not obtainable but absolute requirements are clear desk [i.e., deck] for transportation flying boat hull, rigging for cargo handling, seaworthy, and 18-feet draft absolute maximum. Shallower draft will increase services of vessel.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.