Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
TROOP TRANSPORT SPECIAL LETTER
CABLEGRAM SENT Oct. 28 1917.
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 1115
Via NCB 18 ADR PrepBy BAL
Copies to B.A.L.
1115. Ref Your 839. It will be impossible to provide suitable escort for these vessels if routed alone. Furthermore they would be exposed to fast cruiser attack while crossing. Consider it safer and more desirable to route them together under protection of ocean escort. Full speed could be taken after reaching zone.
Reasons against using VATERLAND for present have already submitted. 04228
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.