Sir Joseph P. Maclay, Minister of Shipping, to Bainbridge Colby, United States Shipping Board
Cablegram Sent 1 February 1918. ROC
To Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 3550
Prep. by NCT D.R.
3550. Following for Mr. Bainbridge Colby from Sir Joseph Maclay Personal Begins:
Between losses and delays by convoys bad weather in America etc. our tonnage position has become most acute while the demands from France Italy and other Allies have increased. It is therefore of vital moment that United States should give immediate assistance in tonnage. Will you please take up question immediately and telegraph possibilities for February March April May. Shall be glad also of a reply to my telegram of 17th. January relative to tank tonnage. Ordinary measures inadequate feel that heroic measures become necessary for all of us even if involving partial or entire destruction of trade for time being. We are now at critical period of war and failure to meet shipping crisis means making military and naval efforts ineffective. Further you know how we are helping your troops.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.