Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to the Staff of Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, second cable of the day
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED <September 20, 1918> Y-12
Origin: Opnav Washington. Ser.No. 1869.
Ref’d to Date
CS Sept 21
53 ADR SECRET
1869 6974 4523 4885 Plan for meeting raider menace approved and will be substituted in place of present plan. For the present our Division 8 with duty corresponding to Division 6 will base at Hampton Roads, though later some ships of the division may base at Halifax. Issue necessary instructions to put this plan into effect and furnish Department with rendezvous route. Directions will be given to Commander-in-Chief and Commander Cruiser Force to issue instructions from this end putting plan into effect immediately after. Though plan does not embrace westbound shipping proceeding independently Department infers that the provision of paragraph 3 first sentence your cable 4523 will hold and that if necessary westbound shipping will be guided by warning received and by any subsequent instructions broadcasted, is this correct? 21020 1869
N.B. No record this office of 6974
Time sent 4:00 AM Sept 21, 1918
Time recd 9:42 AM Sept 21 1918.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.