Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council
Chronological Copy. File No.<42/2/4>
Cablegram Received May <17, 1918,> 21019 LEM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. Boards 115
C3 May 18
Note: “Provided on your but if not” comes clear
Boards Navy 115 For Stevens from Hurley. Record kept by one oil company indicates an average delay of practically 10 days on each voyage on tank ship waiting for orders. Suggestion is made that barges be provided into which cargo could be pumped immediately upon arrival of the tank ship so that the tank ship could return next day. Barges could be towed to where oil required. Barge suggested for this purpose offers advantages over permanent shortage. It is believed that quick turn around which would be made possible by this procedure would eliminate delay incident to accidents and repairs. Please canvass as situation and cable promptly as possible as you know there is great scarcity of tank ship tonnage and we should like to crowd this suggestion if possible. Presume barges could be provided on your___ but if not could tow from here. Oil company estimates increase efficiency of fleet 25% under this arrangement. 13017 BENSON
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Handwritten date confirmed by time stamp.