Philip A. S. Franklin, Chairman, Shipping Control Committee in New York, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board, and United States Representative to the Allied Maritime Transport Council
Cablegram Received <March 17, 1918.> March 05318 APM
Origin Opnav Washington Ser. No. 3971
C-3 Mar 18
3971. Planning Division 6 for Stevens reference your cable 26 Shipping Mission. Hurley Franklin agree your use steamers PAWNEE OCONEE and DORA to carry coal one voyage to France then proceed direct to New York, City<.> expedite much as possible. Account of serious shortage of tonnage here for April loading it is utmost importance steamers now in French ports should be dispatched to American ports as rapidly as possible and that none of them should be diverted for coal. If Dutch steamers put [at] our disposal then, provided you consider it necessary, might be able to permit you divert several our French port steamers but not otherwise. Signed Franklin 13017. 3971.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.