Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 3 March 1918. ROC
To Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 4638
Prep. by CS NCT D.R.
4638. The British Naval Commander at M
ourmansk has requested additional naval forces sent to him [on] account [of] increasing tension of the situation, number of refugees arriving, and uncertain attitude of people in that locality toward the British and Bolsheviki Governments. Admiralty sent a Cruiser at once, and British Foreign Office has requested United States and French Governments to send vessels. It is considered by Admiralty and I concur that, not only is it desirable to send a vessel to give material assistance, but also to impress Russians with the unity of the French, British, and American Forces, and I strongly recommend that a Cruiser or old Battleship be despatched without delay.
Admiralty states that the passage through the Denmark Strait is bad from December to April, on account of ice, and it is in some years completely closed. <15303.>
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.