Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy File No. <11/4/5>
Cablegram Sent February 24 1918
To Opnav (Secnav) Ser.No. 4353.
Prep. by [unreadable] SX D.R.
4353. Your 3155. Admiralty desires YALE and HARVARD converted coal-burning entirely with steaming radius of 1200 miles, and fitted out for service including strength[en]ing for sea trip. Troop accommodations to be arranged along same lines as indicated my cable 2706 to Opnav for MANHATTAN and NARRAGANSETT. Crew to be despatched from England to Pacific when ships are ready to come across. Mr. Bevan <of> Ministry of Shipping New York will assist with advice in fitting out these ships. Keep him informed as to probable date of completion. Admiralty considers completion of ships urgent. 21424.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.