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 10103 Feb.<uary 2, 1918> HWC
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 2682
2682. No Cruisers available to furnish thorough escort for additional convoy from Hampton Roads, Va., to Bay of Biscay sailing every sixteen days unless we were to take over four French cruisers mentioned in your Ref. 3328. However before considering accepting them or attempting to allocate Naval personnel to them, a matter of considerable difficulty in face of other pressing needs, necessary to know exact state of material readiness of cruisers, fitness for convoy service, and state of battery and ammunition supply. 20002.
Ref. 3328. In this cable, Department was asked if it could undertake to furnish personnel for any or all of VICTOR HUGO, MONTCALM, DUPETIT[-]THOUARS, GUEYDON.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-2-5B/1/3/J/C.”