Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to Secretary of the Admiralty Sir Oswyn A. R. Murray
From: Force Commander <January 18, 1918>
To: Secretary of the Admiralty.
Subject: U.S. Vessels assigned as Mine Carriers.
1. The Navy Department has assigned the following vessels as mine carriers:-
MANTA LAKE HURON
LAKE ERIE LAKE FOREST
LAKE SHORE LAKE SIDE
LAKE MOOR LAKE SUPERIOR
LAKE WORTH LAKE MICHIGAN
LAKE ONTARIO LAKE PLACID
LAKE <CHAMPLAIN> LAKE VIEW
OZAMA POINT LOMA
POINT <ARENA> CARIB
SOUIX LAKE WOOD
LAKE PORT BRIDGE
2. It is understood that all of these vessels are to arrive from United States in the regular westcoast convoys, and are to proceed to the Clyde, thence to their ports for discharge. The vessels would then return to the Clyde and join the next outward-bound convoy for Hampton Roads.
3. It is likely that the majority of these vessels will require bunkering before return to Hampton Roads The first vessel should leave United States about January 31.
WM. S. SIMS.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-5-16/07 7690/A/J/H/1/2.”