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 June <9, 1918.> 08509 TCH
Origin Opnav Washington Ser.No. 7013
Ref’d to O-1 Date 9 June
7013. The demands made upon our forces for escort are constantly increasing due to extension of the convoy system. The extension of our coast including Gulf is very great,and 2 of the points most vital to the British oil supply are practically bare of protection following our policy to first put all anti-submarine force across the Atlantic. In view of presence of hostile cruiser submarine on this coast and the damage to oil interests in the Gulf that could be done,take under consideration advisability of returning U.S.S.BIRMINGHAM and U.S.S.CHESTER to the U.S. It has been found necessary to withdraw U.S.S.CINCINNATI and U.S.S.RALEIGH from South America and U.S.S.MARBLEHEAD from Pacific. 2009
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.