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Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council, and George Rublee, United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council, to Secretary of State Robert M. Lansing and Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <42-2-4>

          Cablegram Sent Sept. 9 <10, 1918> MJK

To   Discom New York.             Serial No. SM 524.

Prep. by  C-3            Curtis D.R.

                                  42 ARD

Shipmissi<on> 524. For Lansing and Hurley. French Mission here informs us that ex-German ships in Brazil of an aggregate tonnage of about one hundred thousand tons are offered to French Government for charter. They believe that the French Government at present is in a better position than any of the other associated governments to negotiate with Brazil for these ships and they wish to try to charter them for a period of three or six months. Please advise us whether you would approve of such action by the French Government.1 003710   SM 524 Stevens Rublee


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time-date stamp at the end of the document.

Footnote 1: The French Navy did indeed acquire these ships from Brazil, entering French service at the beginning of October.

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