Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board, and Herbert Hoover, Director, Food Administration, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council
Cablegram Received June <20, 1918.> 14121 JCM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. S.M. 178
C-3 June 21
Boards Navy 178 For Stevens from Hurley and Hoover. Referring Shipmission 213 We agree with resolution Allied Maritime Transport Council recommend that Belgium Relief should have first call on 200,000 tons non-war zone vessels acquired under Swedish agreement. We are further of opinion entire 200,000 tons should be chartered to Belgium Relief. Additional tonnage above need thus secured will effect release of war-zone ships now under charter to them. Further more such arrangements will secure equal distribution of joint obligations assumed by British and American Governments
We have assumed with British as permanent war policy obligations to supply 1/2 deficit of Relief Commission. At present following ships have been assigned to meet emergency Corn<,> VIKING<,> TALABOT<,> SAINT CEVIKES<,> DICTO<,> CENTRA. 20020 S.M.178
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date is confirmed by time/date stamp. A note appears after the signature, reading “N.B. Word ‘Corn’ comes clear but does not seem to be the proper word. C/10”.