Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 20th November 1917.
To Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 1554
Via NCB 18 ADR. Prepared by Appvd. by
1554. CHARLESTON, ST. LOUIS, COLUMBIA and MINNEAPOLIS should be utilized for convoy duty in addition to vessels already being so used. Additional precautions are being taken to prevent egress of raiders from North Sea but due to late nights and bad winter weather considerable apprehension is felt that some may get out and attack convoys. British will increase their North Sea cruiser patrol and we must do everything possible to assist in convoy.
Report number of submarine chasers that have joined fleet. Signed Benson. 13320
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date code at the end of the document is a stamp.