Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Captain Montgomery M. Taylor to Flag Officers and Naval Bureaus

NAVY DEPARTMENT

Office of Naval Operationx

Washington

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 Waters1

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

Name

Operator

Merchant Complement

Due to Arrive

Remarks

City of Atlanta

Army

70

Aug. 1

Orders to be issued soon

City of Savannah

Army

70

Sep. 10

May be withdrawn and transfd. to Coastwise service.

Clare

Owner

31

-------

Cubore

Owner

45

Aug. 10

Cudahy, Joseph

Army

33

Sep. 20

Edith

Owner

31

Aug. 1

El Occidente

Army

61

Sep. 10

Feitore

Owner

45

-------

Hawaiian

Owner

47

Aug. 5

Luckenbach, Edw.

Army

43

Aug. 16

Orders to be issued soon

Medina

Army

49

Oct. 1

Montanan

Army

41

Oct. 1

Sagua

Owner

45

------

No armed guard

San Jacinto

Army

88

Sept. 10

Now at Halifax after serious collision.

Santa Paula

Owner

41

------

Socony

Owner

30

------

No armed guard.

Tanamo

Owner

45

------

No armed guard.

Thompson, Robt. M.

Army

31

Aug. 10

 

 

Vessels Expected to be Taken Over in 4th Naval District

Name

Operator

Merchant Complement

Due to Arrive

Remarks

Dakotan

Army

41

Sep. 20

Munalbro

Owner

35

-------

Ohioan

Owner

41

-------

Arizonan

Owner

45

-------

Cacique

Owner

40

Aug. 5

Floridian

Army

41

Sep. 15

Hewitt

Army

45

Sep. 10

HowickHall

Army

49

Sep. 10

Kentuckian

Army

41

Oct. 1

Luchenbach, <Florence>

Army

40

Sep. 10

Minnesotan

Army

41

Aug. 10

Montoso

Army

34

Sep. 20

Oregonian

Army

47

Aug. 10

Panaman

Army

41

Aug. 1

Orders to be issued soon

Peerless

Army

37

Sep. 15

Ex-Eagle

Pennsylvanian

Army

41

Sep. 20

Taussig, Felix

Owner

47

-------

Tiger

Army

37

-------

Section 1

Santa Clara

Owner

30

-------

Santa Rosa

Army

41

-------

 

 

Vessels Expected to be Taken Over in 6th Naval District

Jean

Army

34

Aug. 5

Munplace

Owner

35

------

 

 

Vessels Now Operated by Shipping Board for Army and not to be Taken Over by Navy

Arakan (No Armed Guard)

Lucia

West Arrow

Artemis

Monticello

Westland

Amphion

Montpelier

Western Hero(ex-Seattle)

Appeles

Nansemond

Westward Ho

Arcadia

Nyanza

Woonsockett

Black Arrow

Otsego

Wyandotte

Bremerton

Osage

Yosemite

Bavaria (Cuban Flag)

Ossineke

Coronado

Philippines (ex-Hercules)

Dora

Shoshone

Erny

Suwanee

Freedom (ex-Iroquois)

Tippecanoe

HwahJah (Chinese Flag)

Virginian

Honolulu (ex Itaska)

 

 

Vessel Now Operated by Army and not to be Taken over by Navy

Buford

Vessels Now Operated by Owners for Army and Not to be Taken Over by Navy

 

Chinch

Santa Caecelia

Eurana

 

M. M. Taylor       

by direction       

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.”

Footnote 1: The Commandants were, RAdm. Nathaniel R. Usher, 3rd District; Capt. George F. Cooper, 4th District; RAdm. Augustus F. Fechteler, 5th District; RAdm. Frank E. Beatty, 6th District; Lt. Cmdr. William V. N. Powelson, Inspector General, Naval Overseas Transport Service; VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

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