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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

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CABLEGRAM RECEIVED  July: <23, 1918> 02224  RES.

Origin Opnav  Washington.                      Ser. No. 8911.

Ref’d to:     Date

   O-1        24 July.

     48 ADR.

S E C R E T.


8911. RUSH. Our 8761. Your 1525.1 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 PACIFIC2 on date set for latter vessel unless you interpose grave objections.3 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.

Footnote 1: Neither of these cables has been found.

Footnote 2: All three of these vessels were passenger liners that had been converted into troop ships.

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