Captain Montgomery M. Taylor to Flag Officers and Naval Bureaus
Office of Naval Operationx
AUG 1 1918
From: Chief of Naval Operations
To: All Bureaus
Commandants, 3d, 4th, 5th and 6th Naval Districts
Inspector General, N.O.T.S.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Subject: Probable addition to N.O.T.S. of large number of Army cargo transport ships.
1. Information has been received from the War Department that they will probably want the Navy to take over, man and operate practically all of the ships now in the Army Cargo Transport Service, except those operated by the U. S. Shipping Board.
2. The Force Commander, U.S. Naval Force Operating in European Waters, has been authorized to take over ships operating only in European Waters. Specific instructions will be issued for taking over each vessel listed below; this is only advance information.
3. The vessels have been divided in the lists below according to the districts in which they are expected to arrive and to which they will be assigned as home districts. They all now have armed guards except as noted.
Vessels Expected to be Taken Over in the 3d Naval District
Vessels Expected to be Taken Over in 4th Naval District
Vessels Expected to be Taken Over in 6th Naval District
Vessels Now Operated by Shipping Board for Army and not to be Taken Over by Navy
Vessel Now Operated by Army and not to be Taken over by Navy
Vessels Now Operated by Owners for Army and Not to be Taken Over by Navy
M. M. Taylor
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “Mat. 2 E 7/31.” Addressed below close: “Copy to O. 23, 24, 26, 14, 37/DSNOTS 1st, 3d, 4th and 5th Naval Districts.”