Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy. File No. <40-2-13>
Cablegram Received September <14>
15, 1918 Y-6
Origin Opnav, Washington. Ser. No. 1524
CS Sept 15
53 ADR S E C R E T
1524. Your 4523 compromised. <Before> coming to final decision desire further explanation following points
Paragraph3. Does this plan contemplate combining troop and cargo convoys with each other.
Paragraph 7 Not entirely clear. Is it the intention to lay out a plan of diversion route for each unescorted convoy which will extend over a space of time and then be changed or is it the plan to furnish special diversion route for each unescorted convoy sailing. Will these routes be furnished by you to us for east bound sailings and vice versa for west bound sailings. Will more than 1 diversion route be furnished a convoy. Should not escorted convoys be furnished diversion route to us if necessary.
East-bound convoys E. This paragraph precludes diversion of escorted convoys even when encountering superior forces.
Paragraph F. Detail to carry this into effect not stated.
Paragraph H. Is it intended that troop convoys may under any circumstances be delayed to join a cargo convoy.
Paragraph I. Will more than 1 diversion route be prescribed for each convoy. 15014 1524
10:05 AM Sept 15, 1918 Benson.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time-date stamp at the end of the document. For Sims’ reply to Benson’s questions, see Sims to Benson, 16 September 1918.