Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Naval District Commandants
Operations (Naval Districts)
May 10, 1917.
Commandant Fourth Naval District,
" " Fifth " "
Buy immediately all fishing vessels inspected and found able to cross Atlantic period. Lease all others fishing vessels suitable for district work period. Inform Managers of fishing companies that boats will be bought or leased if favorable terms can be obtained 10510.
Secnav. Josephus Daniels.
Source Note: CCy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is an identification number in the upper left corner: “Op-[14-8].” However, this number is crossed through and difficult to read.