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 July: <23, 1918> 02224 RES.
Origin Opnav Washington. Ser. No. 8911.
Ref’d to: Date
O-1 24 July.
S E C R E T.
8911. RUSH. Our 8761. Your 1525. U.S.S.LEVIATHAN unable to meet date scheduled. Department prefers to sail and will sail U.S.S. LEVIATHAN with GREAT NORTHERN and NORTHERN PACIFIC on date set for latter vessel unless you interpose grave objections. Considered that danger of damage thru collision these particular vessels is practically none. 13023. 8911
1526 evidently wrong reference.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text.