Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar
Chronological Copy. File No. <42-4-1>
Cablegram Sent October 12, 1918
To Senafloat, Gibraltar Serial No. 1843
Prep. by C-2 SX D.R.
1843 The following received from Opnav, QUOTE “Ship Control Committee and Navy Department have agreed whenever a situation occurs on American Steamers <where crew> conditions are such that safety of lives or property is in danger Navy should take over vessel immediately and put her under operation of Naval Overseas Transportation Service” UNQUOTE (Paragraph)
When such situation arrises you are authorized to take action in accordance with above cable 182012 185
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.