Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Nov. 4, 1917.
Origin Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 903
Via: N C B 19 D Date No. 16005.
Copies to COS JVB ECT
Action referred to
963. Your 1219. Buord is preparing to supply 60,000 mines and sinkers destined for area A and C North Sea barrage but slight delay may result from American wire rope manufacturers being heavily burdened by other war requirements. Obtaining 4 mine-layers similar to OLD COLONY but somewhat inferior, 4 others similar to U.S.S. DIXIE, 14 to 15 knots, carrying 1,000 mines or more. Ship fitted with lift from lower track level. 16003.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.