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 10329 EWC
Origin Opnav Washington ( Benson) Ser. No. 2541
B-1 29-1-18 <January 28, 1918.>
2541. Bureau is providing boats as follows For Air Station England, Ireland, France, including those already shipped six 110-foot submarine chasers, two sea sleds, twentyone 50-foot motor sailing launches, thirty-three smaller motor sailing launches forty-eight motor-deries 42 35-feet motor boats forty-one DINGHIES. Detailed list proposed assignment following by mail. Bureau expects you will distribute boats as desired. Boats can be shipped as fast as vessels can carry them. 17328.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.