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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

Chronological Copy.                           File No.

Cablegram Received March <20, 1918.> 08221  MJK1

Origin     Opnav Washington                    Ser. No. 4066

          C-2 21-3-18

          21 D.                  VERY SECRET.


4066. Owing to urgent need of using all available tonnage it appears necessary for Army to employ small amount of ships of speed about 7-1/2 to 8 knots not capable of maintaining speed set as minimum for slowest trans-atlantic convoy. Your recommendation requested, as to best method of utilizing this tonnage.2-21020 – 4066


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten; it is confirmed by the time/date entry immediately following the text.

Footnote 1: The initials of the transcriber/decoder.

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