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Naval History and Heritage Command

George I. Gay, Commissioner, Planning Division to Professor J. A. Field, Staff of Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, Shipping Board

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <12-24-4>

Cablegram Received April <13, 1918.> 07514  RES

Origin Opnav Washington                         Ser. No. 4915

     C-3 14 Apr

          21 ADR

Simsadus.

4915.  Boards Navy 59. For Field from Gay. Your 90—American Lloyds1 shownas of January 1st, 1918, 547 American sailing vessels of over 500 gross tons. These aggregate 652 thousand gross and are suitable for Over-seas Service. On same day there were 20 aggregate 14,000 gross tons not suitable. Of the above 84 aggregate 108,000 are auxiliary sailing vessels all suitable Over-seas Service. 21013. 4915.

Benson       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten at the top and corresponds to the time/date stamp at the end of the cable. Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, sent the cable on Gay’s behalf via the office of VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.

Footnote 1: The American office of Lloyds of London, a prominent insurance firm that underwrote many merchant ships.

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