Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Rear Admiral Nathaniel R. Usher, Commandant, Third Naval District
Operations-Material Omat 566
April 9, 1918.
Commandant Third Naval District.
The following seven vessels now being operated by the War Department will be taken over and manned by the Navy Department as troop transports FINLAND, PASTORES, TENADORES, MALLORY, LENAPE, MONGOLIA, MANCHURIA period Commandant authorized to accept these ships on bare ship basis period Proceed with necessary work for conversion of LENAPE and MANCHURIA to troop transports and with conversion MONGOLIA upon arrival in port period Steamer KROONLAND will make next trip as cargo vessel and with present crew but upon return will be taken over manned and converted by Navy Department period During absence of KROONLAND proceed with preparation of plans and assembly of material in order that work of conversion may be undertaken promptly 16109
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifier in top right hand corner: “Mat. 1 E.” Note after close: “Copies to All Bureaus/Op. 14, 23, 24, 26, 29/Hydrographic Office/Supt. Naval Observatory/Dsnots. 3d District/.”