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 February 2 1918.
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 3540 LEM
Prep. By CS NCT D.R.
V E R Y S E C R E T
3540. My 3513. French steamer PORTO sails from Newcastle February seventeenth for Murmansk, Kola Inlet, Russia, where H M S GLORY is stationed with Admiral Kemp in command of station. I have requested reservation on PORTO for twelve marines and one marine officer and Admiralty will give instructions to Admiral Kemp to get the party through to destination on arrival of PORTO. I consider it essential that an officer should be in command of the party for the voyage at any rate and preferably permanently. In case party travels by indicated route think it inadvisable wear civilian clothes. Latter view concurred in by Admiralty. In view of dispatch six three nine two State Department to Ambassador, London, marines will not be dispatched unless further instructions are received. 01202
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.