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Philip A.S. Franklin, Chairman, Shipping Control Committee, 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 <28,1918,> 23428.   SFM1

Origin Opnav, Washington                     Ser. No. S&M 188

     C-S2   May 29

     33 AD


Boards Navy 138 for Stevens from Franklin. The 25 <“>Lake<”> steamers are now being dispatched.3 3 are in Halifax, Nova Scotia awaiting convoy balance moving forward promptly as possible. Believe majority will be abroad by middle July. Meanwhile consider you should do utmost to continue Swedish charter. 11028. S&M 138.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten but is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text. The message was sent to Sims’ headquarters by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for transmission to Stevens, which is it carries the signature of Adm. William S. Benson.

Footnote 1: The initials of the typist/decoder, who has not been further identified.

Footnote 2: That is, Chief of Staff, Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 3: “Lake” steamers were small cargo-carrying vessels that had been built for service on the Great Lakes and were being used to transport coal, etc., across the English Channel.

Footnote 4: On the “Swedish charter” see: Stevens to Shipping Control Committee, 3 April 1918.

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