Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Destroyers Operating from British Bases, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
CABLEGRAM SENT: May 24, 1917.
TO: Secretary of the Navy (Operations) VIA: Admiralty.
All Navy tugs or commercial sea-going tugs with Naval Officer in command which could be sent would be of incalculable value in rescuing torpedoed and mined ships. The salvage and rescue work being doen [i.e., done] in this area by the limited number of tugs and trawlers and cruisers from anti-submarine work is astounding. The number of torpedoed and mined ships which these vessels have beached or brought into port is surprising. Derelicts are a most constant source of danger both to shipping and naval vessels. Numerous lumber vessels are adrift bottom up. All vessels so employed are necessarily diverted from anti-submarine work and hence all tugs or craft which could be sent will amount to an actual increase of anti-submarine forces.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. There are identifying numbers in the upper right-hand corner: “19/25-9-18.”