Office of Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <28-11-2>
Cablegram Received <November 2, 1918.> Y-56
Origin: Opnav Washington Ser. No. 4390
M-4 3 Nov
4390 URGENT RUSH. Owing to changed political and military conditions in Mediterranean Sea, department considers adopting following tentative mine program advisable and requests your <opinion>; 1st Abandon Aegean project 2nd Suspend Adriatic Sea plans with probability of abandonment 3rd Assume North Sea barrage will be renewed or paralleled next year owing to deterioration of mine and prepare necessary material accordingly 4th, If Adriatic Sea barrage s<h>ould become necessary portion of material prepared for North Sea can be used on GARGANO-CURZOLA Line.|1|
It is undesirable to continue preparation of special material for mines in 500 to 600 fathoms since such material could not be used in normal depth. Market conditions require strict conservation of wire rope material. Material for lower Adriatic Sea barrage could not be supplied within eight months whereas material for middle Adriatic Sea barrage could be supplied immediately. 10102 4390
Sent 10:05 p.m. Nov. 2, 1918
Recd.12:58 aM Nov. 3, 1918.
N.B. “Requests your” comes clear
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation immediately following the text and the sent/received notation below the signature.