Rear Admiral Dudley R.S. De Chair to First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe
From Washington Date 9.5.17
To Admy. Recd.1.12. am
For 1st.S.L from R.A.de Chair begins:-
I attended Naval Committee of Congress on Friday last and strongly urged commandeering of all necessary small craft in U.S harbours and suspension of work on capital ships. Am informed that impression on Committee was favourable and Bill for appropriation of shipping was much advanced thereby. Question of suspending work on new construction capital ships is not however settled and present capacity of ship yards and ships is fully taken up. Navy Dept. is nervous about Japan after war They fear she may threaten U.S. Am finding great difficulty in placing orders for small craft due to XXXXXXXX Navy Dept. controlling all Shipyards. Ship builders are compelled to obtain permission of Navy Dept. before undertaking any work.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/655. Addressed below close: “1600/1st.S.L.”