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George I. Gay, Commissioner, Planning Division, to Professor J. A. Field, Staff of United States Shipping Board

Chronological Copy.                           File No. <42-2-4>

Cablegram Received <September 25, 1918.>  Y-12

Origin Opnav Washington                       Ser. No. BN 478

  C-3    Sept 26

B                        CONFIDENTIAL


Boards Navy 478. Gay to Field Secrist1 furnishes following data on losses September 12 to September 23 inclusive reported to us but not reported in British Shipintel cable. The items regarding vessels are listed in the following order: name, gross and deadweight, date lost, date reported, cause, remarks.

     American steamer: BUENAVENTURA, cargo transport, 4888 blank September 15 September 23 torpedoed and sunk off French coast

     COOS BAY 3011 3500 September 10 September 20 foundered of[f] Cape Sanlucas.

     American sailing vessel: ETHEL ZANE 488 blank July 18 September 16 abandoned at sea

     GOVERNOR POWERS 1962 blank September 11 September 16 sunk in collision later report towed to port

     HERMAN F KIMBALL 125 blank September 6 September 16 ashore total wreck

     LOTTIE C MERCHANT 117 blank September 13 September 17 sunk after collision off Cape Elizabeth.

Foreign vessels under American control blank.

     Foreign Steamships:

     WAR ARABIS British 5188 blank September 9 September 14 sunk by torpedo

     BELLBANK British 3250 blank September 7 September 14 sunk by torpedo

     ELLIGANTINE <EGLANTINE> Norwegian blank blank September 16 torpedoed by submarine

     CHICAGO MARU Japanese 5848 blank September 12 September 18 ashore

               Signed Greenough2 18025 BN 478


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The cable is on a printed form; most of the material in the heading is typed on both pages of the two-page cable. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date notation after the text. Below the signature someone has hand drawn an “x” inside a “O” followed by the notation “Sailing vessels.” This symbol appears in the margin before “GOVERNOR POWERS” and “HERMAN F KIMBALL.”

Footnote 1: Possibly, Statistical Department, U.S. Shipping Board.

Footnote 2: Chester N. Greenough of the Emergency Fleet Corporation.

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