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George I. Gay, Commissioner, Planning Division, and George Rublee, Presidential Advisor, to Professor J. A. Field, Staff of United States Shipping Board

Chronological Copy.                  File No. [torn and missing]

Cablegram Received June <12, 1918.> 11313    JCM

Origin Opnav, Washington                    Ser. No. BN 152

      C-3 June 13

32 ADR


Boards Navy 152 From Gay & Rublee for Fields to your 214.1 Delivery of steel vessels to Emergency Fleet Corporation between 1st May and 1st June both inclusive were as follows 27 requisitioned 227-291 X DW 5 contract 28-250 DW Total 42 vessels 255-541 DW No wooden ships delivered.2 Newspaper situation to be cleared up immediately3 17012-159


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten and is confirmed by the time/date stamp just before the signature.

Footnote 1: The referred to cable has not been found.

Footnote 2: A dispute over the building of wooden ships had caused the resignations of the first directors of the Emergency Fleet Corporation and the Shipping Board. See: William V. Pratt to Benson, 7 June 1917.

Footnote 3: Nothing more is known about the “Newspaper situation.”

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