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Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.

Date 20 Nov <19> 1918       Y-51              File No. <41-9-1>

Sent 851 AM 20 Nov       Received Cablegram    Serial No. 5376

Recd 1118 AM 20 Nov                                Cipher 43 ADR

From Opnav Washington       To Simsadus

R-1     20 Nov


No. 5376 Your 96981

Conditions in the United States make it desirable that all fishing steamers used on the other side as mine sweepers be returned if it is possible to do so 25019 5376


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation at the end of the copy’s text.

Footnote 1. See, Sims to Opnav, 14 November 1918, ibid. In this cable, Siims asked if “conditions in United States” made it desirable to send back fishing steamers being used as mine sweepers; if not, Sims was planning to sell them in Europe.

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