File No. 195.1/273a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Page)


966. American interests contemplate purchasing German merchant vessel lying in American harbor for trade exclusively between this country and British ports. While not believed British objection applies where vessel is to be so employed, Department desires you ascertain position of British Government with reference thereto. German Government has announced no question would be made of transfer from British to American registry where and so long as vessel was put in direct trade with German port carrying imports to Germany and bringing back exports for American destination and consumption. Report early as you can.