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

                        CABLEGRAM  RECEIVED      Sept. 25, 1917

     From: Opnav Washington                Ser. No. 530



530. Following Tankers privately owned have been requisitioned by the Navy Department on bare ship basis1 and commissioned in Navy as auxiliaries:

GOLDSHELL, LOS ANGELES, ROCKEFELLER, STANDARD ARROW, TOPILA.2 Officers and crews above named vessels are enlisted or enrolled in naval service or reserve. 15027.



Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The original date has been marked through and someone handwrote “September 27” above it. In a cable to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 3 October, Sims wrote that this cable was dated “Sept. 25th.” See, Sims to Opnav, 3 October 1917, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: An agreement to charter a ship without crew or stores for a predetermined period of time. The fee for its used is based on the price per ton of cargo handled.

Footnote 2: Gold Shell, a tanker chartered from the Shell Oil Company; Los Angeles, chartered from the Union Oil Company of California; William Rockerfeller, chartered from the Standard Oil Company of New York; Standard Arrow, chartered from the Standard Transportation Company of New York; Topila, chartered from the East Coast Oil Company.

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