Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council
Chronological Copy. File No. <42/2/4>
Cablegram Received July <16, 1918> 95517 RES
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. S M 248
C-3 17 July
C O N F I D E N T I A L
Boards Navy 248. For Stevens from Hurley. We encourage building wooden sailing vessels or motor-driven vessels for foreign accounts up to 1000 tons dead weight provided building receive approval of fleet corporation as manufacturing proposition: it is being understood that ships will be free of requisition during construction: upon completion vessel to be permitted to take flag of owner<;> however should military necessity arise Board reserve right to commandeer all such vessels. 23016. B N 246.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.