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 basis and commissioned in Navy as auxiliaries:
GOLDSHELL, LOS ANGELES, ROCKEFELLER, STANDARD ARROW, TOPILA. 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.