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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

Action Copy.                                 File No. <28-7-1>

Cablegram Received  May <14, 1918,> 02616    TOH1

Origin Opnav, Washington (Buord)   Duplicate Ser. No. 6070

Ref’d. to




18 MAY

<ECT2 950 no action>


                     <May 14 1918>


31 ADR


6070.     Have shipped approximately 16,000 Mark 6 mines and anchors complete. Shipment of 6,000 anchors with 900 feet cable cannot be completed until about June 15th. Most desirable that shipments should continue at rate of 4,500 mine and anchors per week to take full advantage of shipping conditions notwithstanding limited storage capacity of Bases 17 and 18.3 Can you take them at this rate or must we reduce shipments.4 Suggest additional storage capacity be provided there. 16114 6070


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Initials of the transcriber.

Footnote 2: Paymaster Eugene C. Tobey, the head of the Materials Section of Sims’ staff.

Footnote 3: Base 17 was located at Invergordon, Scotland, and Base 18 at Inverness, Scotland. The shipments referred to here were intended for the North Sea Mine Barrage.

Footnote 4: Sims’ response has not been found.