File No. 300.115Ev2/17
The Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 3, 4.00 p. m.]
1728. Naval Attaché Gherardi returned from Bremen where I sent him to get statements of captains of ships Evelyn and Carib. Both boats sunk by mines, no false directions given by British as reported here, boats simply ran on mine field. Reported to me privately that Scandinavian countries will convoy their merchant vessels using converted merchant vessels with naval crews.