George I. Gay, Commissioner, Planning Division to Professor J. A. Field, Staff of Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, Shipping Board
Chronological Copy. File No. <42-2-4>
Cablegram Received April <13, 1918.> 14014 LEM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 4918
C3 Apr 13
4918. Boards Navy 61 for Field from Gay Your 87 regarding vessels lost and acquired. Full details by month and classification are being mailed. Impossible cable this mass of data. Hope following figures sufficient detail for your immediate use. Regarding steamers other than tank ships and over 1600 tons the number of vessels acquired by the United States January 1917 to March 1918 inclusive was 335.
Vessels aggregate 1,733,000 gross tons. The gross tonnage of foregoing by months follows in thousand ton:
January 27 September 78
February 25 October 65
March 7 November 71
April 41 December 63
May 53 January 37
June 109 February 71
July 314 March 667.
Of the 335 vessels lost 152 aggregating 552,000 gross tons were built in United States and remainder built outside. IN addition all the foregoing 45 vessels of between 500 and 1600 tons aggregating 51,000 gross tons were acquired by United States during period under consideration. In further addition 43 steam tank ships over 1600 tons aggregating 296,000 gross tons were acquired by United States.
The following figures given steamers other than tank ships and over 1600 tons lost by enemy actions. Total is 27 vessels aggregating 111,000 gross tons. Gross of foregoing by months follows thousand tons:
January none July 16
February 3 August none
March 11 September 5
April 15 October 14
May 7 November 13
June none December 9
In addition to the above 3 small steamers aggregating 4,000 gross tons and 12 tanks ships aggregating 49,000 tons were lost by enemy actions.
Of the losses by marine risk smaller steamers make up a much larger proportion than in case of enemy actions. Therefore we think you will get a better idea if we combine both small and large in the analysis by months as follows. During the period concerned 14 steam vessels other than tank ships refitting over 500 tons were lost by marine risks exclusive of inland waters. The aggregated 20,000 gross tons. Gross tonnage of foregoing by months follows in thousand tons:
Of the 14 vessels mentioned 4 were over 1600 tons and aggregated 12,000 tons. In addition to the foregoing 1 steam tank ship of 1500 tons was lost by Marine risks. Signed Gay. 24013 4918