George I. Gay, Commissioner, Planning Division, to Professor J. A. Field, Staff of United States Shipping Board
Chronological Copy. File No.
Cablegram Received June <23, 1918,> 06524 JCM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. S.M. 187
C-3 June 25
Boards Navy 187 Day to Field Your 243 Figures in our 152 were furnished by Chief Statistician of Emergency Fleet Corporation and supposed by us to be accurate in every particular. Now transpires that data <was>
were incorrect. Figures obtained by telephone today from same statistician in Philadelphia Pa. are as follows
Delivery in May contract vessels
6 Steel 37,050 tons
1 Wood 3,500 tons
Total 7 vessels 40,550 tons
Safe to assume that these are final. We have experienced conditions highly unsatisfactory for a long time. Confusion incident to transfer of Emergency Fleet from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, Pa. has aggravated trouble. Gay announces Marshall Evans will replace present Chief Statistician. Some improvement may be expected immediately. Statistics will be unexceptionable in short time. Reason to believe advent of Evans will tend to straighten newspaper situation. Conflicting figures have vexed greatly. Gay satisfied discrepency will cease 10023
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.