Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Various Navy Bureaus
November 15, 1917.
From: Chief of Naval Operations.
To: Bureau of Construction & Repair
Supplies and Accounts.
SUBJECT: Fitting out
tof certain vessels for mine sweeping duty in case of emergency.
1. In connection with the Departments policy to fit out various vessels as mine sweepers preparatory to calling them into service in case of emergency the following list of vessels have to date been included in this class:
Chas. J. Colonna S.P. 494 E. Warren Reed S.P. 376
A. Brooke Taylor 326 E.J. Tull 331
Virginia 334 Rappahannock 324
R.B. Douglas 335 Dolphin 318
Chesapeake 304 Jos. M. Wharton 329
Jno. T. Brusstar 391 Northumberland 330
WM. S. Brusstar 301 E.W. Edwards 316
Wm. Blundon 378 Alden S. Swan 472
Fairfield 325 Potomac 305
Hannah A. Lennen 401
2. The “ Francis B. Hackett’S “ S.P. 1161 will be fitted out as a mine sweeper for distant service.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The cable is listed as being from the Chief of Naval Operations but William S. Benson was in England at this time so the cable must have been composed and sent by someone in Chief of Naval Operations’ office. There are identifying numbers in the top left-hand corner of the document: “Op-14-Sm-H 11/14/28905-A1/12-13.” S.P. stands for special patrol craft.