Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Cablegram Sent 9 November 1917.
To: Opnav, Washington (Secnav) Serial No. 1342
Via N C B 18 ADR Prep. by BAL Appvd. by NCT
Copies to: BAL only
1342. From Ad. Benson. Called on Geddes, had long conference with Jellicoe. All fully convinced practicable to lay North Sea barrier if shipping necessary for handling material can be spared. Have assured them we will do our part. Officer who is to actually supervise our part should be sent over as soon as convenient. Would suggest Captain Belknap or Andrews – Hoogewerff to retain command of the Mine Forces.
Upon falling in with SEATTLE directed DOWNES accompany us. As soon as refueled will send DOWNES and BALCH back after short stay at Queenstown. ST. LOUIS and HUNTINGTON will be sent back as soon as refueled. Some suitable vessel escorting convoy coming about time desired for commission to return should be directed to come all the way to a French port and return with Commission. That data will be cabled as soon as determined. 04109
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B