Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No.
Cablegram Received May <1-1918> 07302 LEM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 5573
M1 May 1
31AD <VERY SECRET>
5573. Naval Tank ship sails shortly for
Davenport <Devonport>. Can carry deck cargo of seaplanes in addition to those been sent in ship with Whiting. Could these seaplanes be trans-shipped to or assembled and flown from Davenport <Devonport> to other stations. Since a small amount Naval Shipping ordinarily goes to Queenstown Ireland or Pau<i>ll< i>ac it will be necessary either to assign special ship to transport seaplanes to those bases or to send them on regular cargoes and tank ships to such ports as these ships may go to and arrange for trans-shipment to Pau<i>ll< i>ac and Queenstown. Situation brought about by absolute necessity for utilizing all possible dead weight cargo capacity on account of scarcity of shipping. Early recommendation desired. 20001 5573
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten but is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text.