Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels
Jan 2 – 1918
Council of National Defense. Dean Gay & Director Cary gave figures of shipping, showing that the great need was ships & more ships. The sinking by German U boats were large & the construction of new ships not large. Speeding up is the duty. Redfield brought up the sailing ships & need of using them.
Lane said we had not seriously taken up shipping in May, though it has been pressed by Shipping Board all the time, & resources have been employed to increase it.
Wrote President for a conference with Gregory Swanson & I about oil.
Lansing sent over requesting the Brooklyn be sent Vladivostock to act with Japanese ships. It would have put the American Admiral in command and as we had no other ship there might
have prove unwise. Bolshekivi would say America was making war on Russia. Lansing thought it best for our ship to go. Otherwise Japan would go alone.
We agreed to leave to President
He decided best not to send but order ship to pay a visit of courtesy to Japan and await instructions. That would put him near enough to V‒ to go in
Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1. Entry is written in a 1917 diary book on one of the rear, “MEMORANDA,” pages.