Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT Oct. 29, 1917.
To Opnav Washington. Serial No. 1130
Via NCD 17 D Prep. by M.O. Appv’d. by C. of S.
Copies to: C. of S., J.V.B., M.O.
1130. Commanding General Bartlett London states has been unable to arrange adequate supply coal for Army in France without further naval assistance. Unless otherwise instructed I will loan HOUSTON temporarily to Army for this purpose until other arrangements made. 17229.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.