Carey W. Cook, Acting Director of Operations, United States Shipping Board, to W. M. Williams, Agent, United States Shipping Board
C O P Y
September 7th, 1918.
Mr. W. M. Williams,
Agent, Shipping Board,
PROTECTION OF LAKE STEAMERS:
Col. Blair writes me under date of the 5th as follows:
“This arrangement was made between the Division of Operations and the Office of Naval Intelligence to try to overcome and fix the responsibility for the extraordinary number of accidents which occurred to the thirty-five vessels completed at the various yards on the Great Lakes during the winter while on their trip to the seaboard. This condition has been corrected and as I stated in my letter to Mr. Mallory, the Investigation Branch of the Plant Protection Section is now fully equipped to take up and investigate any cases which may arise in the future.”
I think the letter that Col. Blair refers to as having been written to Mr. Mallory is his of August 17th, from which I quote as follows:
“I therefore suggest that the agreement with the Naval Intelligence be terminated; and that hereafter when an occasion arises for any investigation or secret service work, the matter be turned over to the Investigation Department of this Section for action and report to the Division of Operations.”
I think this is in line with what Capt. Thompson thought and probably you will follow the suggestion made in Col. Blair’s letter of August 10th, which I also quote:
“I had a talk with Capt. Thompson in Washington yesterday, and he tells me that the conditions then existing have practically been eliminated. I therefore suggest that the Naval Intelligence be thanked for their most valuable services, and be informed that conditions have so changed that their services are no longer necessary. Hereafter, any work of a like nature can be taken care of by the Department of Investigation of the Plant Protection Section.”
/s/ C. W. Cook
Acting Director of Operation
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 677.