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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


CABLEGRAM Received March 15, 1918.


Origin:  Opnav. Washington.

To:      Simsadus.

3896.  Ship Control Commission purposes <proposes> withdraw cross-channel service the larger ships now used by Perishing1 and substituting in same work about 20 steamers LAKE HURON type.2 Should these ships be armed and manned with Armed Guard<?>

13015    3896


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander, American Expeditionary Forces.

Footnote 2: Due to a shortage of commercial ocean-going vessels for requisition, the United States also acquired 64 ships designed for use in the Great Lakes and converted them for use on the Atlantic. A dozen of these proved too large to take out through the Erie Canal and had to be cut in two and fused back together. Hurley, Bridge to France, 44-45.

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