Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
Cablegram Received September 7, 1917.
Origin Opnav, Washington Serial No. 354
Via N C B 15 R Date No. 14007
Copies to C. of S.; J.V.B.
Action referred to:
From Chief of Naval Operations, Washington.
To Commander-in-Chief of Atlantic Fleet.
Opnav 354. Expressions of opinion by ourselves lately Naval Attache Newton A. McCully lead us to believe it is within the range of possibility for Germans to attempt the capture of the Russian Baltic fleet period Please inform us of admiralty’s opinion on subject and whether it has knowledge of any plans to effectually destroy the Russian fleet in case of such a contingency 14007
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.