Executive Order 2621—German Boats
In accordance with a request of the Secretary of the Navy, concurred in by the United States Shipping Board, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby directed to transfer the German vessel Atlas, now at San Francisco, to the commandant of the twelfth naval district, for use in harbor patrol.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 16, 1917.
Woodrow Wilson, Executive Order 2621—German Boats Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/275454