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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

CABLEGRAM SENT November 7, 1917

To Opnav, Washington          Ser. No. 1297

1297.     S.B.5 for Hurley,1 Washington. Havre France last week port not crowded but decks AND sheds nearing congestion account shortges railroad cars. Ministry has ordered goods moved by water as much as possible in preference to railroad. American ships as follows F.LUCKENBAC[H]K dry dock. KERKENNA expected November 5th.F.L.LUCKENBAC[H]K sailing November 5th discharged about 8,000 tone general in 8 days. BORINIQUEN arrived November 4th 3,500 tons general, work beginning November 5th, expected ready 6, 7 days. MACONA arrived November 5,500 tons general, work began November 5th, expected ready with ballast about ten days. [K]ERWOOD unarmed, no radio arrived October 29th 5,000 tons cotton and general, expected ready with ballast November 10th to November 11th. Delayed awaiting cotton scales and shoragge tarpaulin for cotton, bad docking, no cranes, no sheds. Signed Minnig[e]rode.2-15406.


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

Footnote 1: Edward N. Hurley, Chairman of the United States Shipping Board.

Footnote 2: Meade Minnigerode Jr., Representative of the United States Shipping board in France.

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