Commander Paul Foley and L. I. Thomas to Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board
Chronological Copy. File No.
Cablegram Sent 8 March 1918. ROC
To Opnav. Washington. Serial No. 4846
Prep. by D.R.
4846. For Hurley begins. For your confidential information only, our telegram No. 4845 has been submitted to and accepted by British Admiralty. This procedure was adopted at request of Admiralty. The telegram is based on third statement of British fuel oil position corrections having been made considerably reducing figures as a result of British stocks in Mediterranean having been omitted from previous statement also incorrect method of calculating reserves. We are writing you fully regarding whole subject by first mail which is expected to leave London March 12th. We suggest that until you receive this letter no decision adverse to American tank tonnage position be taken. Meantime we suggest urgent necessity of Shipping Board, in consultation with best American experts, determining to what extend<t> double bottom shipments of fuel oil in British steamers necessarily shut grain. As we understand situation grain only has priority over fuel oil and this priority for March loading only. Signed Foley and Thomas. <12308.> 4845.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.