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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. <11/4/5>

Cablegram Received  March <22, 1918,>

Origin Opnav, Washington (Secnav)            Ser. No. 4122

O-1  23 Mar.



4122.     Your 5437.1 If the 5 Lake boats2 are needed for cross channel purposes Navy Department will take them over bare ship charter basis, man with our personnel and operate them between channel or other ports in the Military service required. 13022. 4122.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date at the top agrees with the time/date stamp at the end of the document.

Footnote 1: This document has not been found.

Footnote 2: Commercial vessels designed for the Great Lakes and converted for ocean use. For more on these, see: Benson to Sims, 15 March 1918.

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