Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, Shipping Board, and Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council, to Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, Shipping Board, Philip A. S. Franklin, Chairman of the Shipping Control Committee in New York, and Assistant Secretary of War Benedict Crowell
Cablegram Sent 31 March 1918 RES
To Opnav Washington Serial No. 5840
Prep by. C-3 Greene D.R.
C O N F I D E N T I A L
5840 URGENT Shipmission 64. For Hurley Franklin and Acting Secretary War. Referring Shipmission Numbers 50 and 51 British are diverting Trans-Atlantic ships to meet Italian coal situation relying upon assignment of Dutch ships to replace loss in supplies as recommended by Allied Maritime Transport Council approved by Supreme War Council. British and French are pressing me for definite information as to whether you will confirm this. Please cable me at once what your action will be. Stevens. 5840. 11531
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.