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Commander Paul Foley and L. I. Thomas to Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board

Subject Copy.

Cablegram Sent April 6 1918.

To   Opnav Washington         Serial No. 6095

Prep. by F&T        NCT1  D.R.

Q33           

6095.     Following for Hurley with copy to Requa and Patroleum War Service Committee, begins. Your 4080 our 5747,2 Authorities submit figures showing Admiralty War Office and Pool Board requirements for twelve months ending March thirty first 1919. Total requirements are 6,327,100 tons of which 4,711,100 tons are to be supplied from America, namely:

Fuel Oil--------

3,494,000

tons

Gas Oil---------

140,000

tons

Refined Oil-----

534,000

Aviation Naptha-

58,500

Ordinary Naptha-

484,600

 

Say average of about 392,000 tons per month from America for shipment in tankers and double bottoms.

In connection with above please note—

1.   Authorities estimated home production U.K. at only 216,000 tons per annum.

2.   Figures include fuel oil requirements of U.S. Naval Forces operating in U.K. estimated at 25,000 tons per month. This figure will increase materially.

3.   Programme contemplates shipment of 72,000 tons per annum of Aviation Spirit from Sumatra to U.K., but Authorities state change in source of origin under consideration.

4.   Details by mail leaving to-day. Signed Foley and Thomas 6095 14106

SIMS     

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Foley, Thomas, and Capt. Nathan C. Twining.

Footnote 2: The documents referenced have not been found, but date to late March between the 26th and 29th.

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