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Philip A.S. Franklin, Chairman, Shipping Control Committee, to Henry H. Raymond, Shipping Control Committee

 

Chronological Copy.                       File No. <42-2-2>

Cablegram Received <May 11, 1918.> May [00012?]   ROC

Origin Opnav, Washington.                    Ser. No. SM 106

C-3 12 May

29 AD.

Simsadus:

Boards Navy 106. Following for H. H. Raymond from Franklin. Of utmost importance you develop what can be done improving steamer turn-around French ports present turn-around not sufficient and by reasons thereof we are facing serious shortage of tonnage in the Army. Important time in French ports not exceeding 12 days stay.1 Would Sherman be willing to represent Control Committee France<?>2 11011.

Benson.3     

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: See: Pershing to Sims, 10 May 1918, for more on turn-around times in French ports.

Footnote 2: L. H. Shearman was a member of the staff of Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council.

Footnote 3: Adm. William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, sent this cable on Franklin’s behalf via the office of VAdm. William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters (Simsadus).

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