Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No. <25/14/2>
Cablegram Sent March 24, 1918
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 5523
Prep. by CS COS D.R.
5523. Owing to limited mine-laying capacity of USS BALTIMORE the services of one or more additional mine-layers are very much needed by the Admiralty. I am informed by Rear Admiral Strauss that he thinks it probable that the USS QUINNEBAUG and USS ROANOKE could be despatched at once, or at a very early date. If this is the case, I request that both vessels be despatched as soon as practicable without sacrifice of any work necessary to put them in the best possible condition for their ultimate service. Request to be informed of Department’s decision, probable date of sailing, and probable maximum draft of each vessel when loaded to capacity with mines. These vessels should bring no American Mines. 11024 5523.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.