Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss, Commander, United States Mine Force, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <July 19, 1918.>
July 16119 TCH
Origin Aminfor, Inverness Ser. No. 3718
3718. Your 425. Would recommend send 2 of the new fast mine sweepers to relieve U.S.S. PATAPSCO and U.S.S. PATUXENT provided new ones are as well fitted with wrecking pump and towing facilities. Otherwise they can be dispensed with and we should retain U.S.S. PATAPSCO and U.S.S. PATUXENT with thiss force. 1119 378
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Both PATUXENT and PATAPSCO remained in the North Sea as minesweepers throughout the duration of the war.