Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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

 

Subject Copy.

          <February 9, 1918.>

Cablegram Received 20009 MJK

Origin    Opnav Washington.                     Ser. No. 2823

     CS   10-2-18

     M1

     24 D.

Simsadus.

2823. If it is desired to take over French yards L’Orient and Rochefort1 it is urgent to give early information of material and facilities required from this country. Gauges of railroad tracks and plans of yards particularly desired. Contracts now under consideration will be affected. Can civil engineers be utilized<?> 15109

Benson.      

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Although the U.S. established naval facilities at both places, it never took possession of French navy yards. Still, Crisis at Sea: 112-117.

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