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Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council, and George Rublee, United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council, to Edward N Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board

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

              Cablegram Sent      18th Sept Y-5

To Discom-New York.                    Serial No. SM 568

Prep. by C-3                 Curtis. D.R.

                                      B.

     Shipmission 568 for Hurley. Board’s Navy 445.1 We have been in closest touch with Secretary Baker, General Hines and Mr. Day.2 The visit of the Secretary has done much to make the American position clear to the European Allies. We think he will carry back a picture of the whole situation here.

     The British Ministry of Shipping, with the comment of the French and Italians, are going at once to assign ships now in the cereal movement for the carriage of our Military supplies during October. The amount of tonnage to be assigned is not yet determined, but we think it will be about 250,000 deadweight tons.

     Meanwhile, a special meeting of the Allied Maritime Transport Council is called for Thursday, September 25th, to take up the whole problem and recommend a solution. Secretary Baker and Lord Reading|3| will attend this meeting. The prospect of reaching a satisfactory adjustment seems to us as promising. Stevens. Rublee 184118 SM 568.

Sims.              

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

Footnote 1: This document has not been subsequently located.

Footnote 2: Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, Maj. Gen. John L. Hines, Chief, Embarkation Service, and Charles Day, Liaison for United States Shipping Board to Department of War.

Footnote 3: British Ambassador to the United States Rufus Isaacs, Earl of Reading.

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