Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED 14 November 1917.
Origin Opnav Washington Serial No. 1113
Via N C B 18 AVP Date 17616
Copies To COS JVB NCT
Action referred to
ECT None 14/11/17 ECT
1113. To carry mines across propose use vessels about 2000 tons dead weight, 9 knots, length less than 200 feet, draft 20 feet loaded sail under convoy expect begin January 20th. Number available sufficient to transport at rate 6,000 mines per week. Ships are new, have good winches and booms, Naval crew, no guns available before March. Will this arrangement suit. 17013.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. A later editor dated the document to 13 November 1917.