Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Vice Admiral William S. Sims,Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
March 4, 1918.
Opnav SERIAL 3485
Our 354 (BOX) Take up immediately with Admiralty question of preventing Russian vessels of war and particularly battle cruisers falling into hands of Germans. Question most urgent. If necessary steps should be taken to insure their destruction. This refers to both Baltic and Black Sea Fleets. Keep Department fully informed regarding this question. Acknowledge. 15004.
Secretary of the Navy.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.